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Updated May 24, 2023

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Heather field

What does Hadley mean and stand for?

The name Hadley is of English origin and means "heather field". It is derived from an Old English surname, which referred to a place.

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Heather meadow

Boy name variations

How Popular Is The Name Hadley

Family name origins & meanings

  • English (chiefly West Midlands) : habitational name from either of two places named Hadley, in Worcestershire and Shropshire, or from either of two places named Hadleigh, in Essex and Suffolk. The first is named from the Old English personal name Hadda + lēah ‘wood’, ‘(woodland) clearing’; the other three are from Old English hǣð ‘heathland’, ‘heather’ + lēah.


According to Social Security Administration data, Hadley has been consistently popular after entering the 100s in 2011. It reached its peak in 2014 at rank 100, and has since remained in the top 110s for the most part.

However, it is the 36th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Hadley was at its peak popularity in April 2021.

Hadley has recently overtaken Hailey in popularity. It is most notably the name of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, who was the subject for the bestselling novel The Paris Wife. Other notable namesakes include actress Hadley Delany, journalist Hadley Freeman, English actress Felicity Rose Hadley Jones. Nordic skier Johnny Spillane and NFL player Jason Witten chose the name Hadley for their daughters.

Where is it Popular?

Hadley was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Hadley

  • Haddie
  • Hads

Pairs well with these middle names


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