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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Paley

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  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Paley

William Paley was a scientist in the field of natural theology. William was born in Peterborough, England. He left this life on May 25th, 1805.


Babe Paley was a magazine editor and socialite. She was most prominent from 1938 to 1938. Babe was given the name Barbara Cushing by her parent Harvey Cushing on July 5th, 1915 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. She passed away on July 6th, 1978.


William S. Paley was a television executive. William was born on September 28th, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. He passed away on October 26th, 1990.


Nina was born on May 3rd, 1968 in Urbana, Illinois.


Grace Paley was a writer, poet, political activist, teacher, and activism. Grace was given the name Grace Goodside on December 11th, 1922 in The Bronx. She breathed her last breath on August 22nd, 2007.


Natalia Pavlovna Paley was an actress, model, socialite, and actor. Natalia was given the name Countess Natalia Pavlovna von Hohenfelsen on December 5th, 1905 in Paris, France. Natalia is also known as Nathalie Paley. She passed away on December 27th, 1981.


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Popularity of Paley as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Paley U.S.
  White 89.50% 64.26%
  African American 6.05% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.80% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.92% 16.26%

Of Last Name Paley

People with the last name Paley are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Paley

  • How Popular is the name Paley? Paley is the 64,270th most popular name of all time. As a last name Paley was the 18,401st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Paley have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 17 babies born with the first name Paley in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Paley? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2004 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Paley first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Paley is Tuesday, January 11th, 1887.
  • What year had the most people named Paley born? The highest recorded use of the first name Paley was in 2007 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Paley: Your name in reverse order is Yelap. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eaylp. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Paley? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,505 people with the last name Paley.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Paley? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Paley as their last name since less than 1 person in 196k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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