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Keighley is a fanciful spelling variant on the name Keeley or Keely. I did a lot of research on this old Gaelic name and it has existed for a long time. I didn't make it up, nor is it pronounced Kaylee (or Keithley). My daughter loves her name!
-- cmclaura  4/7/2005
Keighley is pronounced Keeley, not Kaylee.
-- cmclaura  4/7/2005
I knew a woman when I lived in England with this name. The sound and spelling of it is so beautiful. I kept it filed away in my head for 8 years, until I had my daughter and bestowed the name upon her. Very few people can ever pronounce it correctly, and she'll very likely never find a badge in a shop with her name already on it, but nearly everyone who hears (and especially sees) the name is dramatically impressed by it. Vive le Keighley!
-- cmclaura  4/7/2005
There is a town in Yorkshire called Keighley, pronounced "KEETH-lee". As a name though, it's generally "KEE-lee" or less often, "KAY-lee".
-- Elly747  4/11/2005
This looks like a terrifying variant of Kayley, to me. As previous comments suggest, it seems it would be a nightmare to get anyone to pronounce it favorably.
-- Anonymous User  9/18/2006
I love the name Keeley, but this spelling of it looks very tacky. It's a little long, and there are endless pronunciation possibilities. Keighley looks like it was made up by somebody who tried to be original, which I respect, but it looks like they tried too hard. Definitely not my favorite name.
-- Lena Is A Secret  11/25/2006
Keighley is a town in West Yorkshire, England.
-- toothfairy  2/10/2008
Pronounced KEITH-lee, KEITH-lay.
-- toothfairy  2/10/2008
What a horrible variant of the "name" Kaylee. It's so stupid and babyish! Most of our lives are spent in adulthood, not childhood, and a name like Keighley is not going to look good on a grown woman.
-- bananarama  4/23/2010
Keighley (pronounced KEE-lee) is a habitational name from a place so named in West Yorkshire, recorded in Domesday Book as _Chichelai_, apparently named with an Old English personal name _Cyhha_ + Old English _leah_ ‘woodland clearing’. [noted -ed]
-- Kate  6/14/2011
What the... Is it pronounced kaylee, keely, or Kylie? Doesn't matter to me, I hate all three of those trendy, cutesy names personally. This is absolutely dreadful to the eyes and the ears.
-- Anonymous User  3/2/2013
Adult owner of the name Keighley here! (And shocker, it hasnt ruined my life!) I love my name. My only regret is that I can't use it again on my own daughter. Yes, it is constantly misspelled (especially by family members) and mispronounced ALL the time, but it becomes normal. It's second nature to correct or just go along with it. It makes me proud of my Irish heritage and so glad to be unique. I meet so many people who tell me "I'm going to name my daughter after you."
One downfall is definitely privacy. With not so many Keighleys in the world, it's much harder to hide. A simple google search pulls up everything.
While I want to stick up for my amazing name, I like its rarity. Lets keep it our little secret! ;)
-- Keighleylessthan3  5/30/2014
I named my son Keighley and pronounce it Kiley. It came to me while I was carrying him and I still love this name as it reflects my celtic roots. He is a grown man now and hasn't ever had any problem with his name. I personally think it is quite masculine.
-- Anonymous User  6/1/2014
In England and Wales, the usage of this name has coincided with the popularity of the name Keely, so it may also be used as a variation of Keely.
-- Ambiversion  6/21/2015
Keighley can be a variant of two different names. Kay-Lee, or Kee-Lee.
It depends on the phonetics and history of the particular region.

Keighley (pronounced Kay-Lee) is a variant of the Gaelic name Cèilidh.

Cèilidh dates back to Ireland and Scotland.
It was a traditional gathering that involved folk music and dancing.

"On long, dark winter nights it is still the custom in small villages for friends to collect in a house and hold what they call a “ceilidh” (pronounced kay’lee). Young and old are entertained by the reciters of old poems and legendary stories which deal with ancient beliefs, the doings of traditional heroes and heroines, and so on. Some sing old and new songs set to old music or new music composed in the manner of the old.

—Mackenzie, Donald A., Wonder tales from Scottish myth and legend, 1917, p. 14"

"Dancing at Cèilidhs is usually in the form of Cèilidh dances, set dances or couple dances. A "Set" consists of four to eight couples, with each pair of couples facing another in a square or rectangular formation. Each couple exchanges position with the facing couple, and also facing couples exchange partners, while all the time keeping in step with the beat of the music."

For a modern example, you can watch the movie "Leap Year" with Amy Adams and Mathew Goode. In one scene they are at an Irish wedding. At the reception of this wedding the brides maids and groomsmen dance in this fashion.

There is also a song by Marillion called "Kayleigh"

On a personal note, my name is Keighley. I come from Irish, Scottish, and Welsh heritage. I am an adult. My Father named me. People can never pronounce it correctly, but it has become something of a joke over the years. I get compliments far more than criticisms. I never get tired of telling people that my name means to dance and party!
The thing about Keighley, is that it is memorable and different. Just like me.
-- KeighleyLark  9/10/2015

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