Meaning and Origin of: Paisley

Meaning and Origin of Paisley

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.

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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’.

Famous people with this last name


Paisley is the number fifty-three most popular girls name in the US, according to 2019 Social Security Administration data. It has been consistently popular, 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 Isabella 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 it Popular?

Paisley was searched for most often in the following states:

Pairs well with these middle names