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Updated May 24, 2023

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Scottish: "church, cemetery"

What does Paisley mean and stand for?

The name Paisley is of Scottish origin and means "church or cemetery." Paisley is perhaps most well-known as a place in Scotland and a type of Indian fabric.

Syllables: 2

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How Popular Is The Name Paisley

Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish and northern Irish: habitational name from a place in Renfrewshire, now a suburb of Glasgow. It is first recorded in 1157 as Passeleth, then in 1158 as Paisleth, and in 1163 as Passelet, Passelay; it may be derived from Late Latin basilica ‘church’.

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Popularity of the Name Paisley 

According to Social Security Administration data, Paisley has been consistently popular as a name for girls, remaining in the top 100 since 2013, making quite the jump from 827 in 2000.

However, it is the 22nd most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years, Paisley was at its peak popularity in April 2016.

Paisley, which originally was the name of various cities, is thought to have gained momentum as a name with the popularity of singer Brad Paisley. Athlete Jennie Finch also gave the name attention when she chose Paisley for her daughter. There is also a character named Paisley in Secret Language of Girls.

Where is the name Paisley popular?

Paisley was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Paisley

  • Lee
  • Pais

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