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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ailey

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  1. United States choreographer noted for his use of African elements (born in 1931)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Ailey

Alvin Ailey was a dance, choreography, activism, dancer, choreographer, and activist. Alvin was born on January 5th, 1931 in Rogers, Texas, U.S. He passed away on December 1st, 1989.


How popular is the baby name Ailey in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1992 5 5 0
1994 5 5 0
1997 5 5 0
1998 7 7 0
1999 8 8 0
2000 10 10 0
2001 11 11 0
2002 14 14 0
2003 16 16 0
2004 19 19 0
2005 19 19 0
2006 31 31 0
2007 41 41 0
2008 71 71 0
2009 70 70 0
2010 66 66 0
2011 60 60 0
2012 54 54 0
2013 53 53 0
2014 45 45 0
2015 52 52 0
2016 61 61 0
2017 24 24 0

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Popularity of Ailey as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ailey U.S.
  White 84.48% 64.26%
  African American 11.34% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.49% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ailey

People with the last name Ailey are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Ailey

  • How Popular is the name Ailey? Ailey is the 12,708th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ailey was the 60,196th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ailey have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 747 babies born with the first name Ailey in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ailey to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ailey? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1992 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Ailey first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ailey is Saturday, July 22nd, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Ailey born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ailey was in 2008 with a total of 71 babies.
  • Random Ailey Factoid: According to the 2008 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ailey is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2008.
  • Weird things about the name Ailey: Your name in reverse order is Yelia. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Leaiy. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ailey? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 335 people with the last name Ailey.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ailey? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Ailey as their last name since less than 1 person in 909k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.