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)  

Marlow

Marlow comes from an English surname, originally used as a locational surname for someone who came from a place called Marlow. It’s made up from Old English elements mere (lake; ocean, sea) and Old English lafe (leavings, remains) essentially meaning “remnants of a lake”, perhaps in reference to an area where there had been a lake that…

Lee

Lee comes from an English surname, a locational name which comes from Old English lēah meaning “clearing; woodland”. Lee is also a variant transcription of Li, a Chinese unisex name with various meanings depending on the characters used such as: 理 “reason, logic”; 立 “stand, establish”; 黎 “black, dark”; 力 “force, power, capability, strength”; *usually masculine; 丽 “beautiful, pretty”. Of course there…

Cattleya

Cattleya is the name of a genus of orchids named after English botanist William Cattley, Cattley being an English surname made up from Old English catt (cat) and lēah (woodland, clearing, meadow) essentially referring to a clearing or wood frequented by cats, or it could have been used as a locational name for someone who came from a…

Hallie

Hallie originated as a nickname for Harriet, the English form of Henriette, the French diminutive of Henri, the French male form of Henry meaning “home ruler” composed from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (power, ruler). Hallie is also a surname made up from Old English heall (hall; residence) and lēah (wood, meadow, clearing) essentially meaning “dweller at the hall by the meadow”, a locational name for…

Sally

Sally originated as a nickname for Sarah, a Hebrew female name meaning “lady, princess, noblewoman” which comes from Hebrew root word sarar (to rule, to be princely) from sar (chief, ruler, prince, captain, chieftain, official) which seems to be a cognate of Akkadian šarru (king). Sally is also a surname with several possible meanings: it could have originated as a variant of Sawley, the…

Marley

Marley comes from an English surname, originally a locational surname via several places in England. The second element of the name is straightforward, from Old English lēah meaning “wood, woodland, clearing, meadow”. The first part of the name is trickier. It could be made up from Old English mǣre (boundary), Old English mearþ (“pine” marten), or Old English myrig (pleasant)….

Waverly

Waverly is an English unisex name though the meaning behind it is a bit tricky. Most sites I’ve gone to list it as meaning “quaking aspen” or “field of quaking aspens”. I know that -ley is a popular element in place names, coming from Old English lēah (wood, clearing, meadow). The first element is a little unclear….

Wylie

Wylie comes from an English, Scottish, and Irish surname, a variant spelling of Wiley which either originated as a pet form of William (meaning “desiring protection” or “willful protection”) or it came about as an English place name with two possible sources. The first is that it means “willow clearing” from Old English wilig (willow) and leah (wood, clearing, meadow);…