Hailey, Haleigh, Haylee… Which Spelling Is Best?

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Most of the following names ranked among the top 1,000 baby girl names of 2007:

Of the ten, which is your favorite spelling? Cast your vote in the sidebar, or leave a comment below with your answer.

P.S. Are there any other spellings (e.g. Haileigh, Halie, Hayly) you like even better?

UPDATE, 11/2013: Here are the original results, but let’s try a brand new poll! Vote below:

Which is your favorite spelling?

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37 Responses to Hailey, Haleigh, Haylee… Which Spelling Is Best?

  1. Do Halle and Hallie fall into this name group?

  2. My first instinct would be to say no, because I don’t believe most people pronounce Halle or Hallie as “HAY-lee.” But some people might. They could certainly comment with one of those spellings.

  3. I was going to vote for Hayley, because it seems that Hayley Mills was the beginning of the popularity of that name after she starred in the original “Parent Trap”. I almost always prefer original/standard spellings of names. But I don’t like the way Hayley looks — beginning with the word ‘hay’. So I looked up Hayley in a couple of my name books and read that Hayley Mills (born 1946) was named after her mother Mary Hayley Bell Mills and was the source of the name’s popularity. “Oxford Dictionary of Fiirst Names” states that Hayley is ” a transferred use of the surname, which derives from a place name, probably Hailey in Oxfordshire, which was originally named from Old English ‘heg’ (hay) + ‘leah’ (clearing). The name is NMS (particularly with its origin and meaning), but it does have a nice sound to it. Were I to use it, I’d go with Hailey.

  4. Hayley Mills full name is Hayley Catherine Rose Vivien Mills.

  5. I like Hayley, it’s my neice’s name and my sister went with the spelling she thought was most traditional at the time (going back to Hayley Mills making it popular). She was born in 1999.

  6. Below are all nine of the spellings of this particular “H” name that made the top 1000 with the SSA in the year 2007. They are listed in order of popularity (rank listed before spelling), and the number in parentheses representing the number of children in 2007 who received that particular spelling of the name.

    23 – Hailey (8,331)
    76 – Haley (4,144)
    237 – Haylee (1,472)
    305 – Hayley (1,098)
    422 – Haylie (765)
    438 – Hailee (723)
    622 – Haleigh (472)
    821 – Hailie (346)
    984 – Hayleigh (268)

    So, all 9 of these spellings are included in your poll of 10. The one in your poll that is not in the top 1000 is the Haily spelling.

  7. For stat fans (or nerds) like me, here’s some info of further interest, especially if the popularity of the first name Hayley, etc, comes from Hayley Mills, who appears to carry a former name/surname of her own mother’s family as her own.

    Among the over 88,000 surnames ranked by the US Census Bureau in the 1990 census, these are the only 2 of the 10 spellings of the name in your poll to rank as a surname (ranks listed before the name).

    750 – Haley
    3862 – Hailey

  8. My “divider” for which name is in which pronounciation is similiar to yours. I pronounce Halle and Hayley very differently and would pronounce any that began “Hal…” like Halle and any that began “Hay…” or “Hai…” like Hayley. This was part of my question, since your list seemed to mix both.

  9. Was looking up my name online and came across this and noticed your having trouble deciding. As you can see I’m a Haleigh and would like to help you out. I was born in 1989 so my name and especially its spelling weren’t very popular then and I will admit I’m not to fond of my name because of its spelling. Almost everyone I meet pronounces it wrong which is really frustrating and my friends have gotten into the habit of calling me Hal as a joke nickname which I hate as well. Hope this helps :)

  10. My name is Hayleigh, and to be honest, i love it because its original and different compared to the other spellings.. i was in fact named after the haley’s comet. I love my name BECAUSE its individual. I would rather have an unpopular name and be the only Hayleigh in my class^^

  11. oh and I was born in 1995.(:

  12. I first heard this name because of Eminem (I was about 13 then, and nope, haven’t heard of Hayley Mills yet back then. Shame on me). And because his daughter is a Hailie, I kinda always spelled it like that. But I actually like Hailey better. It looks adorable on in 3rd grade little girl handwriting with a little heart above the i dot…but I cannot picture it on anyone but a child. The spellings Hayley and Haley seem more suited for a grown woman to be, but I still do prefer to look of Hailey. If I were to use it, it would most likely to Haley though.

  13. why did you not put Haileigh

  14. thank you for putting mu name up there

  15. Thanks for putting my name up there but I’m a little bummed out. I’m the only one who really has the name HAY-LEE spelled Haily. I really wish that my parents gave my name with an e. When I was younger everybody thought my name was spelled Hailey. I wish it was too.

  16. Hi I really want to call my daughter Hailie, But Im also struggling to find a nice middle name … As i would love her to have one as I haven’t and I wish I had.

    She will be called Hailie …… Fleet.
    ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR A MIDDLE NAME? :) X

  17. HAILLI

  18. HAILEY duhhh!!!!

  19. I think Haylee is the most obvious way to spell it, yet no one can ever remeber how to spell it or guess that’s how u spell it.

  20. My mother named me after Hayley Mills, her favorite actress. I was born in 1982.

    …yet everyone always spells my name as Haley.

  21. We named our daughter Hali (:

  22. I spell my daughter’s name Hallie Joyce.love the spelling but it’s constantly mispronounced.drives me crazy!

  23. I am not particularly crazy about the name but my son and daughter in-law are expecting a little girl in May and apprently this is the name they chose.. Now they can’t figure out how to spell it.. I, myself, like Hayleigh.. oppose to Haylee.. To me this name sounds too much like Hay like when you want to call you would say Hey Hay.. Down on that.

  24. i like haylee spelled that way

  25. Hailie after eminems daughter

  26. Shanice. Jade or maii is a nice middle name

  27. Definitely hailey:)

  28. For a name with so many popular spellings, it is probably the best to avoid it at all. Correcting misspelled documents all the time is just waste of lifetime.

  29. Hailey:)
    lol that’s my name:)
    i like this spelling the most, then Hailee or Hayley or Hayleigh. I don’t like it spelled Haily (no e) at all (sorry). and Haley, even though that’s how most other girls named Hailey/whatever’s name is spelled, looks unbalanced to me.

    <3 Hailey

  30. and my middle name is Nicole.
    so… Hailey Nicole:)
    I also like Rose, but that’s my sister’s middle name (Marley Rose)
    there are a BUNCH of middle name that work with Hailey, and i don’t think any of them sound particularly bad.

    ***btw, i HATE it when my name is misspelled because of all these different spellings. *sigh* it’s not their fault, but it gets pretty annoying…

  31. I like Hayley. I was Born in 1999 and MId name Cecelia so its a good combo.. Hayley Cecelia :) I was also named after Hayley Mills. But i hate that people always spell Haley on my cards and stuff. But i love the other spellings like Hailee. Also one thing is that it means a meadow.. wel my spelling , but its your choice :) good Luck and GOd Bless

  32. Haley :))

  33. Hayleigh all the way. It’s the most unique and I personally think its makes the most sense. (:

  34. My sisters name is Hallie pronounce (Hal-E) as in Halle Berry. She constantly gets called Hayley to the point where she doesn’t bother to correct people. Yet she hates it and it drives her crazy!

  35. My favorite spelling of the name is ‘Hailie’. Not just b/c is she Eminem’s daughter, but cause i just love the way it’s spelt. H A I L I E its spelt real pretty imp….i dont like spelling realize with an ‘s’ it sound better with a ‘z’ which i think it should be spelt all around the world with and the same with color there should be no ‘u’ in it……thats just my opinion…..and NO im not English..i’m Irish and proud to be Irish :)

  36. I was also born in 1995 and my name is spelled Hayli. My moms name is also a more original spelling (Sheri) and my name has a similar look. She too discovered the name after watching the original parent trap movie while in labor with me. My mom loves being original with names, so she decided on H-a-y-l-i. My middle name is Rose and I just really love the way Hayli Rose looks together. I would not want any other spelling of my name because it makes me unique.

  37. I think Haily! because its very unique and people with this name and this spelling (like me)….. well whenever someone is trying to spell it they ALWAYS spell it wrong i dont exactly care but i think that if more people name their child haily and spell it like that it would be more popular and more people would know about that spelling and because whenever you look somewhere on line to try to find that name with this spelling you can NEVER find it

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