|Meaning:||from the oak meadow|
|Related Names:||Ackerley, Acton, Oak, Oakeley, Oakes, Oakleigh, Oaklee, Oakly, Ockley, Okly|
ORIGIN AND HISTORY
The name Oakley is, not surprisingly, associated with Oak trees. It is English in origin, and comes from the roots ac, meaning "oak" and leah, which may mean either "wood" or "clearing." Thus the name is usually credited with a meaning such as "meadow of oak trees" or "from the oak meadow."
The name Oakley was first used as a surname in England. It was most likely a habitational surname, given to those who lived in towns or villages of south and central England called Oakley, or another variation of Oakley such as Ackerley.
Usage as a first name may be transferred from a family surname which has been lost due to marriage.
In the United States, Oakley has never been a very popular name. It was more common during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but even then usage was sporadic. It popped in and out of the top 1000 between 1884 and 1920, reaching as high as the 535th most popular name for baby boys in 1898. It has not appeared on the top 1000 chart for boys in the United States since 1920.
Though Oakley may also be used as a girl's name, it has not appeared on the top 1000 chart for girls' names in the United States in any recorded year.
The name Oakley is much more popular in Australia, both as a girl's name and a boy's name. As a boy's name it ranked most highly in 2003 as the 365th most popular name for baby boys in Australia. As a girl's name, it ranked at 436 in 2002.
Oakley is a moderately popular boy's name in Canada. In 2005, it ranked as the 478th most popular choice for baby boys in Canada.
- Annie Oakley's real name was Phoebe Ann Mosey. She took the name Oakley for her stage name from the neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio where she and her husband lived.
- The Oakley family motto from the Family Crest is "Non timeo sed caveo," which may be translated as "I do not fear, but am careful."
- Oakley Sunglasses
- Oakley Networks: monitoring and investigations
- Annie Oakley Days Festival, Greenville, Ohio
- Oakley Woods Croquet Equipment
- Oakley Transport, Inc.
- Oakley Steel Products Co.
- Oakley is a very common place name in England and Wales. A few of these are Oakley, Bedfordshire, England; Oakley, Fife, Scotland; Oakley Green, Berkshire, England; and Little Oakley, Essex, England.
- U.S. States with a city called Oakley:
- California, Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Utah, Wyoming
- Oakley Plantation House: historical landmark, Louisiana
- Oakley C. Curtis: U.S. politician (born March 29, 1865)
- Oakley Haldeman: songwriter
- Oakley Hall: novelist (born July 1, 1920)
- Annie Oakley: Old West sharpshooter and entertainer (born August 13, 1860)
- Berry Oakley: musician, band The Allman Brothers (born April 4, 1948)
- Bill Oakley: television writer (born 1966)
- Charles Oakley: basketball player (born December 18, 1963)
- Graham Oakley: author (born August 27, 1929)
- Laura Oakley: actress (born July 10, 1879)
- Shane Oakley: comic book artist
- Violet Oakley: artist (born June 10, 1874)
Author: Sarena Ulibarri
|Meaning||from the oak meadow +|
|Meaningnc||from the oak meadow +|
|Origin||Old English +|
|Rank in 2000s||0 +|
|Related||Ackerley +, Acton +, Oak +, Oakeley +, Oakes +, Oakleigh +, Oaklee +, Oakly +, Ockley +, and Okly +|