Baby Names Ending With the Lee Sound`

From Bentley to Molly, Great Baby Names for Your Little One

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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.


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

Ansley, Allie, Ally, Ali, Amelie, Arely, Ashley

  • Ellie
  • Emily, Emilee, Emilie, Emmalee, Emely
  • Jaylee
  • Jolie
  • Julie
  • Marley, Marlee
  • Mckinley
  • Miley
  • Millie
  • Molly, Mollie
  • Riley, Rylee, Ryleigh, Rylie
  • Rosalie
  • Bailey, Baylee, Bailee
  • Bentley
  • Blakely
  • Braylee
  • Brylee, Briley, Brileigh
  • Brynlee, Brinley
  • Finley
  • Kaylee, Kayleigh, Kailey, Kaylie, Caylee, Kali, Kailee, Kaleigh
  • Kelly
  • Kenley
  • Kensley
  • Kimberly
  • Kinley, Kynlee
  • Kinsley
  • Kylie, Kylee, Kyleigh, Kiley
  • Natalie, Nataly, Natalee
  • Tenley
  • Callie, Cali, Kallie
  • Charlie, Charlee, Charley, Charli, Charleigh
  • Hadley
  • Hailey, Haley, Hayley, Haylee, Hailee, Haleigh, Haylie, Hayleigh
  • Hallie, Halle
  • Harley
  • Holly
  • Leslie, Lesly
  • Lily, Lilly, Lillie
  • Paisley
  • Presley

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 Holly
  • 1944 Kelly
  • 1946 Kimberly
  • 1965 Ashley
  • 1978 Kylie
  • 1982 Hailey
  • 1982 Harley
  • 1983 Bailey
  • 1984 Kaylee
  • 1990 Riley
  • 1992 Mckinley
  • 1994 Marley
  • 1998 Hadley, Presley
  • 2000 Arely, Jolie
  • 2001 Ainsley
  • 2003 Amelie
  • 2004 Jaylee
  • 2005 Brylee, Brynlee, Finley, Kinsley
  • 2006 Kinley, Paisley
  • 2007 Miley
  • 2008 Kenley
  • 2010 Tenley
  • 2011 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:

  • Beverly
  • Billie
  • Dolly
  • Nellie
  • Ollie
  • Pearlie
  • Polly
  • Sally
  • Shelly
  • Shirley
  • Tillie
  • Willie

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.

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