Paisley Name Meaning

A festive pattern and Scottish place name, Paisley means “place of worship.” Rocketing from obscurity to hitting the Top 100 in 2013, she’s a modern moniker that’s red hot in use.

Paisley is playful and sweet, working well with most of the newcomers on the charts like Kinsley and Aubrey. She has a feminine long E ending, similar to fading classics like Emily, and while she may be adorable, she holds her own against unisex names like Riley and Avery. Her unique styling and peppy P start are winning over parents left and right, though she does have some alternative spellings in Paislee and Paizley.

Her design roots are fitting for a stylish little one, rocking a tutu like nobody’s business. She’s also a country star surname, not afraid of kicking up some dust with her cowboy boots. A name of many faces, she works well on any little girl looking to strut her stuff in a variety of arenas.

Paisley may be lumped in with trendy names but she stands apart from today’s invented monikers, being that she’s an actual place name in Scotland. It may not be as obvious, but she’s just as geographic as popular names London or Brooklyn.

Infographic of Paisley name meaning, which is A Scottish place name and fabric pattern, Paisley means church.
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Paisley Name Popularity

How popular is the name Paisley? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 0 0%
1916 0 0%
1917 0 0%
1918 0 0%
1919 0 0%
1920 0 0%
1921 0 0%
1922 0 0%
1923 0 0%
1924 0 0%
1925 0 0%
1926 0 0%
1927 0 0%
1928 0 0%
1929 0 0%
1930 0 0%
1931 0 0%
1932 0 0%
1933 0 0%
1934 0 0%
1935 0 0%
1936 0 0%
1937 0 0%
1938 0 0%
1939 0 0%
1940 0 0%
1941 0 0%
1942 0 0%
1943 0 0%
1944 0 0%
1945 0 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 0 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 0 0%
1950 0 0%
1951 0 0%
1952 0 0%
1953 0 0%
1954 0 0%
1955 0 0%
1956 0 0%
1957 0 0%
1958 0 0%
1959 0 0%
1960 0 0%
1961 0 0%
1962 0 0%
1963 0 0%
1964 0 0%
1965 0 0%
1966 0 0%
1967 0 0%
1968 0 0%
1969 0 0%
1970 0 0%
1971 0 0%
1972 0 0%
1973 0 0%
1974 0 0%
1975 0 0%
1976 0 0%
1977 0 0%
1978 0 0%
1979 0 0%
1980 0 0%
1981 0 0%
1982 0 0%
1983 0 0%
1984 0 0%
1985 0 0%
1986 0 0%
1987 0 0%
1988 3,591 5 0.0003%
1989 2,746 11 0.0007%
1990 3,214 7 0.0004%
1991 2,157 23 0.0014%
1992 1,815 36 0.0023%
1993 1,663 44 0.0028%
1994 2,153 23 0.0015%
1995 2,357 17 0.0011%
1996 2,620 12 0.0008%
1997 2,717 11 0.0007%
1998 2,700 12 0.0008%
1999 2,377 20 0.0013%
2000 1,784 45 0.0029%
2001 1,970 36 0.0024%
2002 1,870 41 0.0027%
2003 1,890 44 0.0029%
2004 1,252 113 0.0074%
2005 1,054 170 0.0111%
2006 819 282 0.018%
2007 602 454 0.0288%
2008 436 683 0.0442%
2009 319 989 0.0662%
2010 235 1,311 0.091%
2011 193 1,621 0.1138%
2012 104 2,910 0.2042%
2013 80 3,593 0.2524%
2014 53 4,489 0.3081%
2015 45 5,074 0.3487%
2016 47 4,852 0.3365%
2017 45 4,916 0.3522%
2018 52 4,322 0.3146%
2019 53 4,235 0.3128%

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Names Like Paisley

If you like Paisley, you’ll love these other names like Paisley.


What names are diminutives of Paisley?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Paisley sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Paisley, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lee

Meadow or pasture

English


What names are variants of Paisley?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Paisley.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Paislee

Church

Scottish

Paisleigh

Church

Scottish


What names sound like Paisley?

If you like how Paisley sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Paisley.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Bailey

Bailiff

English

Hailey

Hay meadow

English

Payton

From Pacca's town

English

Peyton

From Pacca's town

English


What names are similar to Paisley?

Find a name that’s like Paisley, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Aubrey

Elf ruler

English

Daisy

Daisy flower

English

Harper

Harp Player

English

Kennedy

Helmeted head

Irish

Lily

Lily flower

English

Mackenzie

Son of Coinneach

Scottish

Mia

Dear

Scandinavian

Piper

Pipe player

English

Presley

Priest clearing

English

Ruby

Red gemstone

English


Lists With Paisley

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6 Comments

  1. Its a cute and rare name

  2. Paisley I chose just running through a list the paisley pattern Is strong and beautiful and there are endless colors and designs.

    I don’t have any dislikes and my SO loved the name as well

    Cole my son is named after my brother Zachary Cole Peterson

  3. Paisley is a beautiful name and it’s a name my husband and I agreed upon. I love the name , no dislikes . She is now seven months old and is growing like a weed !

  4. I chose the name Paisley because it was unique to where you dont see tons of girls named Paisley but yet still a name that is still common in the fact no one will look at her funny when she tells them lol

  5. Love her name. ?

  6. Paisley was a name my husband picked out. It was just a random name we both thought was so pretty. Her middle names tho actually have meaning. Get ready, its long. Savannah was for his mother and sister, Nicole was for me Bc it’s my middle name, Dawn is his grandmothers middle name. He was so excited to meet his first child and it was amazing seeing then meet for the first time. I never seen him cry so much. It was absolutely beautiful. <3
    Paisley Savannah Nicole Dawn


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