Meaning and Origin of: Harley

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : From the hare
  • German : Flax
  • Old English : Rabbit archer

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English (now mainly in Scotland; also West Midlands and Welsh border) : habitational name from places in Shropshire and West Yorkshire, so named from Old English hær ‘rock’, ‘heap of stones’ or hara ‘hare’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. In some cases the name may be topographic.
  • Irish : when not of English origin, this is an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEarghaile ‘descendant of Earghal’, a variant of the personal name Fearghal without the initial F- (see Farrell).