Meaning and Origin of: Carley

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Latin : Strong one
  • Old German : Freeholder; Feminine form of Carl
  • Old English : Carl's island

Last name origin & meaning:

  • Reduced form of Irish McCarley.
  • English : habitational name from the hamlet of Carley in Lifton, Devon, possibly named with Cornish ker ‘fort’ + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’.
  • Perhaps an Americanized form of German Kehrli or Kerle (see Kerley).