[ 2 syll. har-ley, ha-rl-ey ] The baby girl name Harley is also used, though less often, as a boy name. It is pronounced as HHAARLiy- †. Harley is of Old English origin and it is used mainly in English. The name Harley means 'hare clearing, hare meadow'. It is derived from hara which means 'hare' ; leah 'wood, clearing, meadow'. See Harley for more information.Harlea (English), Harlee (English), Harleigh (English), and Harly (English) are other forms of the name. See also the related form, the name Harleyann.
Harley is rather popular as a baby girl name. The name has been growing in popularity since the 1990s; prior to that, it was of only sporadic use. Its usage peaked modestly in 2003 with 0.050% of baby girls being named Harley. It had a ranking of #312 then. In 2012, it ranked at #415 with a usage of 0.039%, and it was the most popular among all girl names in its family. Harley was 4 times more regularly used than the next ranked name, Harlee, in 2012. Although Harley is used more commonly as a baby girl name today, there was a period prior to 1992 that it was more popular with boys. After 1993, increasingly the name became more popular with baby girls than with boys. There were 2 times more baby girls than boys who were named Harley in 2011.
† Pronunciation for Harley: HH as in "he (HH.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"