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Subject: Well, not entirely
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: April 19, 2006 at 9:33:39 AM
Reply to: Haley's by Halle
I hate to have to disagree with this site, but I really don't think that Halle and Hallie are forms of Hayley. They have a different pronunciation from Hayley (at least for most in the USA), and the name Hallie was frequently used in the 19th century years before there were any noticeable number of girls named Hayley. Hallie is almost assuredly originally a pet form of Harriet, just as Hal was originally a pet form of Harry or Henry.

For examples of women officially named Harriet but called Hallie see:

Examples of women named Hallie born in the 19th century include best-selling novelist Hallie Erminie Rives, and Hallie Q. Brown, a famous African-American activist:

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