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Harlem is a trendy baby name that is relatively new in America. It was originally the title of a suburb in New York City. Harlem only came to the top 1,000 list in 2018 and still has a spot on the Social Security Popularity Index.

Meaning of the name Harlem:

American: place name

Origin of the name Harlem:

Harlem originated within the trend of place names. There were already many options that used the titles of other New York suburbs, including Trenton and Brooklyn. Harlem is the newest trend out of all of them, spreading quickly due to Harlem Taylor, The Game's child.

Symbolism of the name Harlem:

The baby name Harlem only means “place name.” It comes from the neighborhood Harlem that exists in New York City. It is one of the most well-known suburbs of the area.

Style of the name Harlem:


Gender of the name Harlem:

Harlem is a trendy name for boys or girls.

Pronunciation of the name Harlem:


Number of syllables in the name Harlem:


Emotion evoked from the name Harlem:

Harlem is a cool and trendy name. It is modern and youthful.

Alternative spellings for the name Harlem:

  • Haarlem
  • Harlim
  • Haarlim
  • Harlom
  • Haarlom
  • Harlum
  • Haarlum
  • Harlym
  • Haarlym

Nicknames for the name Harlem:

  • Har
  • Lem
  • Lemmy
  • Lemmie
  • Harley 
  • Harlee

Popularity of the name Harlem:

Harlem only recently became a top 1,000 name in America. In 2018, it first appeared on the Social Security Popularity Index at rank 992. It ranked highest in 2019 at number 902. In 2020, the most recent year of results, Harlem was at rank 911.

Related names for the name Harlem:

Great middle names for Harlem and their meanings:

  • Berkeley (the birch tree meadow)
  • Wells (spring, person who watches a village's spring)
  • Dean (from the valley)
  • Walker (a fuller of cloth)
  • Marley (pleasant wood, from the lake meadow)
  • Larke (lark)
  • Bailey (bailiff)
  • Rae (ewe, female sheep)

Famous people with the name Harlem:

  • Harlem Taylor (son of the rapper The Game)

Harlems in popular culture:

  • Harlem Spartans (name of a band)
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