Names.org

Tip: Try the names of friends, pets, celebrities, and fictional characters

First Name
58k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
12k
in the U.S.
in 2010

Harley

Girls
Boys
First
Last
Related Names

How to Pronounce Harley

  • Automated Male
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • Automated Female
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • User from Australia
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • User from Connecticut, United States
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • User from United Kingdom
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
How difficult is it to pronounce Harley?

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

Click Here to Show Chart Data
Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 70 0 70
1881 61 0 61
1882 75 0 75
1883 63 0 63
1884 73 0 73
1885 51 0 51
1886 73 0 73
1887 77 0 77
1888 82 0 82
1889 60 0 60
1890 52 0 52
1891 64 0 64
1892 91 0 91
1893 76 0 76
1894 63 0 63
1895 68 0 68
1896 64 0 64
1897 82 0 82
1898 71 0 71
1899 59 0 59
1900 79 0 79
1901 63 0 63
1902 83 0 83
1903 65 0 65
1904 56 0 56
1905 69 0 69
1906 52 0 52
1907 75 0 75
1908 71 0 71
1909 73 0 73
1910 89 0 89
1911 88 0 88
1912 197 0 197
1913 204 0 204
1914 322 0 322
1915 434 0 434
1916 460 6 454
1917 430 0 430
1918 491 0 491
1919 459 6 453
1920 484 0 484
1921 537 0 537
1922 525 0 525
1923 478 0 478
1924 531 9 522
1925 469 8 461
1926 493 0 493
1927 462 6 456
1928 484 0 484
1929 425 0 425
1930 460 6 454
1931 440 0 440
1932 403 8 395
1933 359 6 353
1934 375 0 375
1935 364 0 364
1936 354 0 354
1937 364 0 364
1938 355 7 348
1939 340 7 333
1940 345 0 345
1941 327 0 327
1942 319 0 319
1943 354 0 354
1944 309 0 309
1945 307 0 307
1946 318 0 318
1947 337 0 337
1948 294 0 294
1949 302 0 302
1950 264 0 264
1951 257 0 257
1952 277 5 272
1953 261 5 256
1954 243 0 243
1955 225 0 225
1956 235 0 235
1957 236 0 236
1958 176 0 176
1959 178 0 178
1960 172 0 172
1961 166 0 166
1962 138 0 138
1963 134 0 134
1964 148 0 148
1965 124 0 124
1966 140 0 140
1967 125 0 125
1968 128 5 123
1969 113 0 113
1970 135 6 129
1971 139 5 134
1972 140 5 135
1973 130 0 130
1974 169 0 169
1975 149 8 141
1976 169 0 169
1977 196 7 189
1978 244 7 237
1979 252 8 244
1980 291 9 282
1981 255 11 244
1982 259 12 247
1983 224 12 212
1984 223 15 208
1985 242 16 226
1986 220 17 203
1987 204 15 189
1988 263 35 228
1989 350 81 269
1990 448 156 292
1991 666 316 350
1992 1,012 456 556
1993 1,445 718 727
1994 1,647 858 789
1995 1,404 752 652
1996 1,333 730 603
1997 1,266 700 566
1998 1,364 825 539
1999 1,248 754 494
2000 1,290 756 534
2001 1,348 820 528
2002 1,446 870 576
2003 1,605 993 612
2004 1,434 876 558
2005 1,325 841 484
2006 1,327 834 493
2007 1,084 668 416
2008 1,197 777 420
2009 1,221 759 462
2010 1,157 716 441
2011 1,075 712 363
2012 1,137 756 381
2013 1,275 875 400
2014 1,350 943 407
2015 1,509 1,123 386

Fun Facts about the name Harley

  • How many people with the first name Harley have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 57,756 babies born with the first name Harley in the United States. That's more than enough people named Harley to occupy the territory of Greenland (Denmark) with an estimated population of 56,749 (as of January 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Harley? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 70 new born babies.
  • When was Harley first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Harley is Thursday, October 28th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Harley born? The highest recorded use of the first name Harley was in 2015 with a total of 1,123 babies. That's a lot of babies named Harley!
  • Random Harley Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Harley ranks 100th in popularity as a baby boy's name in West Virginia. Imagine that, 22 babies in West Virginia have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Harley: Your name in reverse order is Yelrah. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lahrey. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Harley? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 12,186 people with the last name Harley.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Harley? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Harley as their last name.

Where is the name Harley popular?

View popular names by state or region.

Popularity of Harley as a first name

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Harley as a first name in each of the states. See other popular names in West Virginia, Oklahoma, or South Dakota.

Popularity of Harley as a last name

The map shows the absolute popularity of the name Harley as a last name in each of the states. See other popular names in South Carolina, New York, or Pennsylvania.

Common last names for Harley

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • Anderson
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • White
  • Baker
  • Martin
  • Walker
  • Hall
  • Roberts

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Harley U.S.
  White 52.61% 64.26%
  African American 38.84% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.45% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.41% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.19% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.49% 16.26%

Of Last Name Harley

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

Entire United States

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Harley" mean? The list below shows the origins of Harley as well as things modernly associated with the name Harley such as celebrities named Harley.

English

Origin and Meaning of Harley

The name "Harley" is of English origin, and it means "From the hares' wood". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Wiktionary

Old English hær (“rock”) or hara (“hare”) + lēah (“wood, clearing”).

  1. A habitational surname​ from any of several places in Shropshire and Yorkshire.
  2. A male given name, transferred from the surname.
  3. A female given name, transferred from the surname.
  4. A Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Notable Persons With the Name Harley

Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn is a comics character.

Popularity:

Flume

Flume is an electronica, downtempo, experimental music, and trip hop musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2008 to present. Flume was given the name Harley Edward Streten on November 5th, 1991 in Sydney. Flume is also known as Streton and Harley Edward.

Popularity:

Harley Quinn Smith

Harley Quinn Smith is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2001. Harley was born as the child of Kevin Smith and Jennifer Schwalbach Smith on June 26th, 1999 in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Popularity:

Harley Race

Harley Race is a wrestler. Harley was born on April 11th, 1943 in Quitman, Missouri, U.S.

Popularity:

Harley Morenstein

Harley Morenstein is a host of epic meal time, actor, producer, and epic meal time. His most notable accomplishments were from 2010 to 2010. Harley was born in 1985 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Popularity:

Harley Jane Kozak

Harley Jane Kozak is an actress and author. Her ongoing career started in 1981. Harley was given the name Susan Jane Kozak on January 28th, 1957 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Popularity:
  • Harley J. Earl
    (automotive designer)
  • Harley "J Harlen" Bretz
    (scientist)
  • Harley Granville-Barker
    (writer)
  • Harley Martin Kilgore
    (office holder)
  • Harley Finkelstein
    (chief operating officer of shopify)
  • Harley Orrin Staggers
    (teacher)
  • Harley Baldwin
    (land development)
  • Harley E. Warrick
    (barn painter)
  • Harley D. Nygren
    (notable human)
  • Harley Bernard Bozeman
    (farmer; salesman; historian)
  • Harley O. Staggers, Jr.
    (congressman)
  • Harley Sewell
    (football player)
  • Harley Copp
    (noteworthy person)
  • Harley Hannibal Christy
    (military person)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Harley

William S. Harley

William S. Harley was a mechanical engineering and mechanical engineer. William was given the name William Sylvester Harley on December 29th, 1880 in Milwaukee. He died on September 18th, 1943.

Popularity:

Steve Harley

Steve Harley is a pop, glam rock, art rock, and progressive rock musician. He was most active from 1972 to present. Steve was given the name Stephen Malcolm Ronald Nice on February 27th, 1951.

Popularity:

Chris Rainbow

Chris Rainbow was a pop and ambient music musician. His career lasted from 1971 to 2015. Chris was given the name Christopher James Harley on November 18th, 1946 in Glasgow, Scotland. Chris is also known as Christopher Rainbow. He passed away on February 22nd, 2015.

Popularity:

Chic Harley

Chic Harley was a gridiron football player. Chic was born on September 15th, 1894 in Chicago. He died on April 21st, 1974.

Popularity:

Tom Harley

Tom Harley is an australian rules football player.

Popularity:

Jon Harley

Jon Harley is a soccer player for the Chelsea F.C., Wimbledon F.C., Fulham F.C., Sheffield United F.C., West Ham United F.C., Burnley F.C., Watford F.C., Notts County F.C., Rotherham United F.C., Portsmouth F.C., Maidstone United F.C., England national under-16 football team, and England nati. Jon was born on September 26th, 1979 in Maidstone, England.

Popularity:

What Harley's Have Visited This Page?

What does the name Harley mean?

His for hug, give one today!

Ais for acts, the daily acts of kindness shown to others

Ris for rich, in the love from others

Lis for luster, your shine.

Eis for expert, in your chosen career

Yis for yes, always open to new possibilities

Name poster for Harley

Name poster for Harley(click to save the high quality version)

Most Popular Names

Also see our other name lists.

Sources: 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). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

Names Searched Right Now

<100 Charmy
<100 Larabel
169 Maimuna
693 Bj
214k Kim
687 Kellin
<100 Jayoh
119 Rindy
<100 Beatress
<100 Nazeh
<100 Scofield
<100 Eleda
<100 Huncho
<100 Phisy
14k Mohamed
<100 Changkyun
<100 Ryani
<100 Tajana
141 Evolette
<100 Teyonke