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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Isley

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Alt. Meaning

I is for instill, the lesson of life.

S is for serene, your calm time.

L is for laughter, you spread wherever you go.

E is for extra, those little things you do!

Y is for youthful, your eternal look.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Isley

Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley is a comics character.


Jennifer Jones was an actress and singer. She was most active from 1939 to 1974. Jennifer was given the name Phylis Lee Isley on March 2nd, 1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. She died on December 17th, 2009.


Ronald Isley is a rhythm, blues, and soul music singer-songwriter. He plays Vocals. He was most prominent from 1954 to present. Ronald was born on May 21st, 1941 in Cincinnati.


Rudolph Isley is a rhythm, blues, doo-wop, soul music, and gospel music musician. His career lasted from 1954 to 1989. Rudolph was born on April 1st, 1939 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.


Ernie Isley is a rhythm, blues, funk, funk rock, and rock music songwriter, drummer, bassist, guitarist, percussion instrument, and singing. He plays Guitar, Drum kit, Bass guitar, and Fender Stratocaster. He was most active from 1969 to 1969. Ernie was given the name Ernest Isley on March 7th, 1952 in Cincinnati.


Kelly Isley was a rhythm, blues, and soul music singer-songwriter. They plays Vocals. They were most active from 1954 to 1986. Kelly was given the name O'Kelly Isley, Jr. on December 25th, 1937 in Cincinnati. They passed away on March 31st, 1986.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1990 5 5 0
1991 6 6 0
1993 12 7 5
1995 6 6 0
1997 7 7 0
1998 17 11 6
1999 22 14 8
2000 13 8 5
2001 20 14 6
2002 23 14 9
2003 19 13 6
2004 25 18 7
2005 12 12 0
2006 17 11 6
2007 21 15 6
2008 41 28 13
2009 33 22 11
2010 45 33 12
2011 42 30 12
2012 43 31 12
2013 69 61 8
2014 105 91 14
2015 84 69 15
2016 112 92 20
2017 74 59 15

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Popularity of Isley as a first name

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Popularity of Isley as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Isley U.S.
  White 80.39% 64.26%
  African American 13.88% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.80% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.77% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.97% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.18% 16.26%

Of Last Name Isley

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

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Fun Facts about the name Isley

  • How Popular is the name Isley? Isley is the 11,505th most popular name of all time. As a last name Isley was the 8,736th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Isley have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 873 babies born with the first name Isley in the United States. That's more than enough people named Isley to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Isley? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1990 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Isley first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Isley is Monday, November 16th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Isley born? The highest recorded use of the first name Isley was in 2016 with a total of 92 babies.
  • Random Isley Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Isley is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 9 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Isley: Your name in reverse order is Yelsi. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ysiel. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Isley? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,754 people with the last name Isley.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Isley? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Isley as their last name.

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