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Kayleigh (with the -eigh spelling) comes from the Old English and means "rejoice", and "beauty" (depending on the historical source material).
-- zingo  12/29/2004
80's group Marillion had a hit in 1985 with a song called 'Kayleigh'.
-- cyndi  4/17/2005
This spelling is found in the Marillion song 'Kayleigh'. I found out something of the origin of the song title in a copy of Classic Rock magazine's Top 100 Rock albums (April 2006) It was an interview with the lead singer, he wrote the song about a break up with his then girlfriend and he just combined her first and last names to create the song title Kay & Leigh. Perhaps this spelling is where it originated, the song was written around 1985 I think. after that it seems it became very popular to give your name that child. Hope this helps, Andy.
-- AndyM  5/23/2006
My sister is named Kayleigh after the song and I think it's a beautiful name.
-- Anonymous User  12/18/2005
My sister is named Kayleigh after the song but I think it is better spelled, Kaylee.
-- Anonymous User  6/30/2006
I normally wouldn't like this name, but it's my best friend's name, and she's the coolest person ever, so I love it.
-- VeryGorgeous  2/27/2007
I've always prefered the spelling Kaylee.
-- Luangi  4/8/2007
*sigh* My name. Not that it isn't a lovely name, it just doesn't fit me. My parents chose it because they thought it was unusual. Ha! There's about 10 quintillion now. And all the time, all I hear is, "Is that K-A-Y-L-E-E? Um, K-A-Y-L-I? How about C-A-Y-L-E-Y?" A name sounds nice until you have to drag it around all day.
-- eirian_artanis  7/16/2007
I think this name is childish. Imagine an 80-year-old named Kayleigh.
-- Anonymous User  1/15/2008
To the poster who can't imagine an 80 year old Kayleigh, trendy names definitely age (hard) with their bearers. A hundred years ago, there were doubtless people who couldn't imagine an 80 year old Mildred.

The spelling "Kayleigh" is the usual one in the UK, where it was popular in the 80s and 90s. Not anymore. The -eigh ending makes it look unattractive to me, and colours my whole impression of the name. Keeley is nicer, or Ceilidh (pronounced Kayleigh) would be a cool spelling as it means a kind of party in Gaelic. Although nobody would get it right, it would be best left as a middle name!
-- aquamarina  4/18/2008
The comment that said trendy names like this will age well is absolutely incorrect. I'm pretty sure people were able to visualize an adult Gertrude, Gladys, and Mildred. Those names didn't have about a million different cutesy spellings or end in -ee (not that all names ending in -ee sound childish) this name will never sound mature, and although this spelling is an eyesore, it's a lot more grown up looking than kaylee, kayley, kaylie, Cayley, etc. But I'm not saying this is a good name. "Kayleigh" and all its variants is one of my least favorite names. Very, very unprofessional and youthful. Names like this will never sound mature.
-- Anonymous User  6/9/2013
The spelling is pretentious, and the name sounds just as tacky and girly as Kailey would.
-- slight night shiver  4/25/2008
This name is even more babyish than Kayla. It ceases to be cute after age seven!
-- bananarama  8/28/2008
I don't like these trendy child names. I mean what happens when your 50 and your name is Cayley? Seriously it's a little kid name. There's so many ways to spell this name it's annoying but if I was forced to name my daughter this I'd probably spell it Kayleigh because it looks more mature.

Kaylee
Kailee
Kayley
Kayleigh
Kaylie
Caylee
Cayley
Cayleigh
etc.
-- becca_marciano  1/27/2009
This name is silleigh.
-- vomiting  2/15/2010
I really like the name Kayleigh. It is unusual way to spell it but it is nice and quite fluent ... :D
-- Amy98  10/10/2010
This name is beautiful.
-- Joy12  5/6/2011
The pronunciation is wrong, or rather the spelling of this name doesn't make sense phonetically with the pronunciation given. -Leigh is pronounced (LAY), like sleigh minus the s, which means with this spelling Kayleigh the name would be pronounced (kay LAY), not (kay LEE).
-- InfamousBunny  6/9/2012
AM I THE OLDEST KAYLEIGH?! I was born in 1975 and obviously Marillion's song came out a number of years afterwards. My parents thought they'd invented the name and so as an adult, I contacted Marillions PA to find out more. As Andy below states, Marillion's ex girlfriend wasn't a true Kayleigh, she was Kay Leigh! During pregnancy, my parents thought Kay would by nice for a girl and Leigh for a boy but then decided to put the two names together - either that or they couldn't decide my sex!?! Would love to hear if there are any Kayleigh's out there older than myself.
-- Anonymous User  9/2/2012
The name Kayleigh has been around for centuries in Western Europe (Scotland, Ireland, England, The Netherlands). It was NOT created by the band Marillion as stated by other users previously. My husband and I named our daughter Kayleigh because we are of Scottish ancestry and feel it is a beautiful name, both spoken and written. I do not understand why any of you feel the need to go on this site and make rude comments about this name (or any other name). Naming a child is a very personal experience and it is not for anyone else to judge.
-- Kbattgirl  11/1/2013
Kaylee is of asian decent while Kayleigh is of Celtic decent. I am a Kayleigh and I have to say it fits me nicely. Even if I am 80! At that age I will have the coolest name in the retirement home!
-- gemini68806  11/17/2013
To any person who assumes that everyone named "Kayleigh" must have similar attributes or qualities, I say your name must then be "Ignorant". That is a truly immature, adolescent way of looking at things. I would go so far as to say it is a form of discrimination - shame on you.
-- Anonymous User  4/1/2014

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