Preparing for Baby Baby Names Ending With the Lee Sound` From Bentley to Molly, Great Baby Names for Your Little One By Jennifer White Updated February 10, 2019 Pin Flip Email Print Elena Litsova Photography/Moment/Getty Images More in Pregnancy Preparing for Baby Weeks and Trimesters Your Body Your Baby Twins or More Staying Healthy Complications & Concerns Pregnancy Loss Prenatal Care Labor and Delivery Postpartum Care View All Names ending with the sound "lee" have long been popular and offer many great choices for your new baby's name such as Hailey, Natalie, and Charlie. These types of names are considerably more popular for girls than boys and can be spelled with many different endings, including le, lee, leigh, ley, li, lie, ly. Girls' names include favorites like Emily, Riley, and Lily. For boys, you have options like Finley, Bentley, and Wesley. To get a sense of how popular these names are, a list of the most popular baby names that share this sound from 1880 to the present are provided below. Popularity In 2011, girl names with the lee sound made up just shy of 140,000 of the baby girls born that year in the United States. To put it in perspective, that was about 11 percent or more than 1 out of every 10 baby girls. By 2016, that number dropped to right around 8 percent, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Of the top 500 baby names for girls, 44 ended with the lee sound. Boys only had five names make the top 500 in 2016: Ali, Bentley, Charlie, Finley, and Wesley. To understand how this naming trend has blossomed over the years, we can look back at historical name lists for popularity: In 1880, only 0.5 percent of baby girls (or 5 out of every 1000) ended in the lee sound.By 1950, the percentage rose to 3 percent (or 3 out of every 100).By 1970, lee names peaked at 12 percent. This had a lot to do with the rise of popularity in the names Kimberly, Kelly, and Julie.In 1990, the percentage had declined slightly to 8 percent.As the millennium changed, the percentage of lee sounding names began to increase once again. Most Common Lee Names If you're looking for a name that ends with this sound, you have many girls names to choose from. Boy names are scattered in here as well, and many can be unisex. You'll note that several names have multiple spellings; the most common are listed first. Common Names Ending in Variations of Lee AAinsleyAnsley, Allie, Ally, Ali, Amelie, Arely, Ashley E EllieEmily, Emilee, Emilie, Emmalee, Emely JJayleeJolieJulie M Marley, MarleeMckinleyMileyMillieMolly, Mollie RRiley, Rylee, Ryleigh, RylieRosalie BBailey, Baylee, BaileeBentleyBlakelyBrayleeBrylee, Briley, BrileighBrynlee, Brinley F Finley K Kaylee, Kayleigh, Kailey, Kaylie, Caylee, Kali, Kailee, KaleighKellyKenleyKensleyKimberlyKinley, KynleeKinsleyKylie, Kylee, Kyleigh, Kiley N Natalie, Nataly, Natalee T Tenley C Callie, Cali, KallieCharlie, Charlee, Charley, Charli, Charleigh H HadleyHailey, Haley, Hayley, Haylee, Hailee, Haleigh, Haylie, HayleighHallie, HalleHarleyHolly L Leslie, LeslyLily, Lilly, Lillie P PaisleyPresley Dates of First Use Popular baby name lists begin in the 1880s. At that time, only 13 names ending in lee 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 went on, more names ending in the lee sound were added to the list. Below are the names along with the date of their first appearance on record: 1936 Holly1944 Kelly1946 Kimberly1965 Ashley1978 Kylie1982 Hailey1982 Harley1983 Bailey1984 Kaylee1990 Riley1992 Mckinley1994 Marley1998 Hadley, Presley2000 Arely, Jolie2001 Ainsley2003 Amelie2004 Jaylee2005 Brylee, Brynlee, Finley, Kinsley2006 Kinley, Paisley2007 Miley2008 Kenley2010 Tenley2011 Bentley, Blakely, Braylee, Kensley, Tinley Inspiration From Days Gone By There is also a rising trend in exploring the names of the past. Many parents are choosing to revive the following older names rather than go with some of the more modern options: BeverlyBillieDollyNellieOlliePearliePollySallyShellyShirleyTillieWillie Sometimes these have a family connection and sometimes it's simply because they like the sound of the name. Luckily, many of these names still sound fresh today and have a glamorous feel about them. A Word From Verywell Choosing a name for your baby is an adventure and a lot of fun. Alternatively, you can choose to name your baby an uncommon name that you think suits your child, such as Truly, Lovely, Italy, Verily, Lively, or even Sicily. The possibilities are endless. Whether you're looking to rhyme the name with your other children or simply enjoy the sound, the "lee" family of names is filled with many great options. Write down those you're first drawn to, you can always narrow down your list later. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Get diet and wellness tips to help your kids stay healthy and happy. Email Address Sign Up There was an error. Please try again. Thank you, , for signing up. What are your concerns? Other Inaccurate Hard to Understand Submit Article Sources Social Security Administration. Baby Names Database. SSA.gov. 2018. 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