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As a first name Hayley seems to have originated with Hayley Mills. She was given the middle name of her mother, the actress and dramatist Mary Hayley Bell (1911-2005). Hayley was apparently a surname in Mary's family.
Hayley is also masculine.
In the case for the United States and Canada (British Columbia), Hayley didn't became more commonly used until the 1980s and 90s.
In the case for England & Wales, it was popularised by Hayley Mills, as mentioned, when she appeared in Pollyanna, which came out in 1960. By 1965, it already became more commonly used as that year, around 618 people (almost all or virtually all of them girls in my presumption) were born with that name and by 1974, going by 10-year intervals, Hayley was in the top 100, ranked 53rd.
As for Scotland, the full data only goes back to 1974, but by the looks of it, the impact that Mills made for Hayley, as a name, wasn't as strong as for England & Wales as it didn't enter the top 100 until 1983.
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