Kimber

Kimber comes from an English surname, originally a locational name for someone who came from a place called Kimber. The first element of the name comes from Old English cempa meaning “champion; warrior” and bearu “grove” essentially meaning “grove of the champion”. Kimber could also be used as a shortened form of Kimberly. The second element of the name…

Thorley

Thorley comes from an English surname meaning “thorn clearing”, made up from Old English elements þorn (thorn) and lēah (woodland; clearing, meadow). It was originally a locational name for someone who lived near a place where thorns grew. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Thornley (English)  

Barclay

Barclay comes from a Scottish surname via a locational name for someone who came from a place called Barclay. The name itself comes from English Berkeley meaning “birch wood” or “birch clearing”, made up from Old English elements beorc (birch) and lēah (wood, clearing) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Berkeley (English) Barkley (English)    

Leah

Leah is the name of the first wife of Jacob in the Old Testament, and the older sister of Rachel. The name itself is of uncertain meaning. It’s often been interpreted as meaning “weary, languid, tired” or even “tender, soft, gentle”, which could refer to someone who was gentle in manner. Leah has also been linked…

Briley

Briley comes from an English surname, of uncertain origin, but perhaps a variant of Brierley meaning “briar clearing”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Brierley (English) Brierly (English) Briarley (English) Briarly (English)    

Shelley

Shelley comes from an English surname made up of Old English elements scylf (shelf) and lēah (clearing, wood, woodland), essentially meaning “clearing on a shelf” or “clearing on a hillside,  and was originally used as a locational name for someone who lived near a clearing located on the side of a hill or valley. Although it was…

Huxley

Huxley comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from a town called Huxley. The second element comes from Old English lēah meaning “wood, woodland, clearing, meadow”, while the first element could be derived from Old English personal name Hucc, of uncertain meaning. It may be derived from Old English hoc which refers to either the marshmallow plant, as well as…

Henley

Henley comes from an English surname, originally used as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Henley. While the second element comes from Old English lēah meaning “wood; clearing; meadow”, the first element may possibly be derived from Old English héan via heah meaning “high, tall”, or from Old English henn “hen”. It’s also possible…

Raleigh

Raleigh comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from a place called Raleigh. It either means “red clearing” from Old English elements read (red) and leah (clearing, wood), or “roe deer clearing” from Old English ra (roe) and leah (clearing, wood). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Rawley (English) Rawleigh (English) Raley (English)  

Stanley

Stanley comes from an English surname meaning “stone clearing” made up from Old English elements stān (stone) and lēah (clearing, woodland, meadow). Nicknames: Stan Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Stanlee (English) Stanlie (English)