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Raleigh

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Origin: Old English
Meaning: Deer Meadow

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Raleigh

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Raleigh in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Raleigh:

  • Records indicate that 5,660 boys in the United States have been named Raleigh since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1921, when 138 people in the U.S. were given the name Raleigh. Those people are now 97 years old.

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      15 Positive Comments

  • "My daughters name is Raileigh pronounced 'Ray-Lee' I thought I'd made up this name all by myself back when she was born in 2013 but obviously not lol we are from the UK." May. 13, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Raleigh, I am a guy. I love my name, I usually get comments like 'that's a cool name' etc etc. People sort of often mispronounce it as rally or ray-lee, but I am used to it. I have met/know of four other Raleighs growing up, three were boys and one was a girl. I personally think its a name for a boy, but obviously I am biased.." Apr. 6, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are naming our daughter Raleigh Lane. Pronounced RAH-LEE exactly like the city. Many people think I say Riley or when they read it they think it's pronounced Ray-Lee (which I hate)... They obviously didn't pay attention to capital cities in social studies. Aside from the mispronunciation, I can't shake this name for our daughter. I also hate when people say it is a "boy's name" and refer to Sir Walter Raleigh.... Raleigh is a surname so saying that it is masculine because of Sir Walter Raleigh does not make sense. It's a perfectly unisex name and I like it for both boys and girls. We just happen to like it specifically for a girl." May. 6, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "naming my unborn child this. I want to spell it Raleigh as well but dad is concerned it will be pronounced ral-lay instead of ral-lee. Maybe we should just spell is rallee or rallie or rally." Sep. 11, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are naming our son (Rally) but i really want to spell it Raleigh. Anyone who has this as a name.....has it been pronounced wrong?" Apr. 27, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Raleigh I'm a guy. the only other Raleigh I've met was a san diego chargers football player named Raleigh McKenzie years ago. Raleigh is the main character's name in the new movie Pacific Rim. kinda cool" Dec. 17, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My only son is named Raleigh and he is 12. He was named after a very dear friend of mine who was about 85 when by son was born. It is my all time favorite boy name & most people have to have it spelled & repeated but that's OK. Once I say "like North Carolina" they get it." Dec. 3, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 26 and a proud father, my son is 2 now, his name is also Raleigh, never meet anyone with the name, maybe some day." Aug. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name! I think it's considered a boy's name, but I am a girl. I pronounce it RAW-LEE, and it get so annoying because hardly anyone ever pronounces it correctly. They either say Riley (where are they getting that "I" from?!), RAY-LEE, and occasionally Rally." May. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have a three and a half yr old daughter and her name is Raeleigh just because my middle name is Ray and my wifes is leigh we have never met any one with the same name and her its pronounced Ray leigh" Feb. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Raleigh (pronounced rally in her case). It is quite unique. I find it funny that her 2nd cousin's name is Riley though. Won't that make family reunions confusing (Raleigh was first btw hehe)" Aug. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i only met one person with my name and it was a guy. i'm a girl." Jan. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "IM a girl, and my name is Raleigh. IM the only one I know who has it except for ther person i was named after, who is a boy. I love my name its unique!" Apr. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "That is my favorite name in the whole wide world! But not for a boy, for a girl. I love it!" Dec. 22, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Awesome name, great namesake - Sir Walter Raleigh - look him up!" Jul. 2, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      4 Neutral Comments

  • "im raleigh and the name is okay in my book, plus im 14" Mar. 27, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a boy named Raleigh. Very few people pronounce or spell it right. I pronounce it like the capital of North Carolina which is the correct pronunciation for a boy. I don't really see this as a girl's name but to each their own." Jan. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my daughters name is raleigh but we pronounce it like RAY-LEE and everyone always calls her RAW-LEE...so whats the correct way to pronounced it ? when we named her that we were thinking of it being like Haley..like hay but ray and we wanted to spell lee different then just the plain normal way. but everyone insist its pronounced like rawlee" Apr. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Raleigh. It's alright if you don't mind spelling it to everyone and always having it pronounced wrong. I've only met one other Raleigh, so it's definately unique." Dec. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate



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