List of Names Ending With "Lee" Sound

Names Ending in the "Ly" Sound

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Lately, there has been a big surge in popularity of "lee names." By "lee names," I mean those names that end in the "lee" sound. However, you can find those names spelled with many different endings: le, lee, leigh, ley, li, lie,ly. To get a sense of how popular these names are and just how long it has been a naming trend, I've poured through the Top 1000 Baby Names from 1880 to the present. Take a gander at what I found.

History and Popularity of Lee Names

In 2011, girl names with lee sound made up just shy of 140,000 of the baby girls born that year. To put it in perspective, that's just about 11% of baby girls born that year, or more than 1 out of every 10 baby girls.

To understand just how this name trend has blossomed over the years, we can look back at popular name lists from days gone by.

  • In 1880, only 0.5% of baby girls (or 5 out of every 1000) ended in the lee sound.
  • By 1950, the percentage scootched up to 3% (or 3 out of every 100).
  • By 1970, lee names were slightly popular than they are today, at 12% (thank you Kimberly, Kelly, and Julie for the jump in popularity.
  • In 1990, the percentage had declined slightly to 8%.
  • As the millennium changed, the percentage of -lee sounding names began to increase once again.

Alphabetical Listing of Most Popular Lee Names

Here is an alphabetical listing of currently popular lee names.

You'll note that several names have multiple spellings. Those names are listed in order of their current popularity. Ainsley, Ansley
Allie, Ally, Ali
Amelie
Arely
Ashley
Bailey, Baylee, Bailee
Bentley
Blakely
Braylee
Brylee, Briley, Brileigh
Brynlee, Brinley
Callie, Cali, Kallie
Charlie, Charlee, Charley, Charli, Charleigh
Ellie
Emily, Emilee, Emilie, Emmalee, Emely
Finley
Hadley
Hailey, Haley, Hayley, Haylee, Hailee, Haleigh, Haylie, Hayleigh
Hallie, Halle
Harley
Holly
Jaylee
Jolie
Julie
Kaylee, Kayleigh, Kailey, Kaylie, Caylee, Kali, Kailee, Kaleigh
Kelly
Kenley
Kensley
Kimberly
Kinley, Kynlee
Kinsley
Kylie, Kylee, Kyleigh, Kiley
Leslie, Lesly
Lily, Lilly, Lillie
Marley, Marlee
Mckinley
Miley
Millie
Molly, Mollie
Natalie, Nataly, Natalee
Paisley
Presley
Riley, Rylee, Ryleigh, Rylie
Rosalie
Tenley

When Currently Popular Names First Came In To Common Use

Popular baby name lists begin in the 1880s. At that time, only 13 lee ending names were in the top 1000 baby girl names. They included: Allie, Callie, Charlie, Ellie, Emily, Hallie, Julie, Leslie, Lily, Millie, Molly, Natalie, and Rosalie.

As time would go on, these currently popular baby names first started being used in the following years:

1936 Holly
1944 Kelly
1946 Kimberly
1965 Ashley
1978 Kylie
1982 Hailey
1982 Harley
1983 Bailey
1984 Kaylee
1990 Riley
1992 Mckinley
1994 Marley
1998 Hadley and Presley
2000 Arely and Jolie
2001 Ainsley
2003 Amelie
2004 Jaylee
2005 Brylee, Brynlee, Finley, Kinsley
2006 Kinley and Paisley
2007 Miley
2008 Kenley
2010 Tenley
2011 Bentley, Blakely, Braylee, Kensley, and Tinley

Naming Inspiration From Days Gone By

So if you aren't clicking with any of the above names, perhaps one of these names that were popular in the past might be appealing to you. Consider:

Beverly
Billie
Dolly
Nellie
Ollie
Pearlie
Polly
Sally
Shelly
Shirley
Tillie
Willie

Interested in learning more about naming trends throughout history? Check out these articles:

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