Origin of the Name Hailey
Hailey is a variation of the name Haley. It originates from Northern England. It in particular comes from the surname Hale or Hales, which means that something lives in a nook, recess, or a remote valley.
It is also possible that the name derives from a place in Oxforshire with the same name. The name comes from two different words, heg, which means hay, and leah, which means wood, clearing, or meadow.
Together the names mean hayfield. It is also linked to an Old English words, hæeþ, which means hero and warrior.
The name began as a surname, and was often given to either the lord of the manor in Oxfordshire, whomever was the largest landowner, or when a person moved from one place to another. The latter was probably used for taxation purposes.
The 13th century is the earliest a recording of the name has been found in writing. Haley (or Haliey) started out as a surname. It going from a surname to a first name for girls is a recent phenomenon, and mostly has taken place in the U.S. and Canada.
The Popularity of Hailey
The name may have started to become popular in 1986 when Halley’s comet caught the attention of North America. An event like that only happens every 75 years, and parents are always looking for unique names for their children, therefore Halley became Hailey.
That year over 3,000 babies were given some form of the name Halley. From there Hailey started to get even more popular around the 1990s and peaked in the early 2000’s. It is still a fairly popular name, but it’s popularity has waned a bit.
There are many popular variations of the name Hailey, but this (Hailey) is the most popular spelling.
Variations of the Name Hailey
Places Where Hailey is Popular
Currently the name is most popular in Canada, followed by The U.S., and The Netherlands.
Characteristics of the Name Hailey
If given the name Hailey a baby may be expected to be a humanitarian, community minded, family oriented, loving, affectionate, compassionate, and sensitive.
Common Nicknames for Hailey
- Lee or Leigh
- Hay or Hai
- Hai Hai or Hay Hay
- Hails, Hailz, Hales, or Hailes
- Hai Hai or Hay Hay
- Lee or Leigh
- Haybail or Hailbail
Famous People Named Hailey
Since the name has only recently become popular, most of the famous people with this name are under the age of 25.
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