Lainey is a radiant modern baby name. As the more popular spelling variation of Laney, this name retains sophisticated French roots while holding its own among ultra-trendy names. Lainey Lewis is a character on television's The Goldbergs, and Lainey Lemonade is the titular protagonist of the children's book by Lisa Cavaliere. Keep reading to learn more about this baby name.

Meaning of the name Lainey:

French: Bright, shining light, torch

Origin of the name Lainey:

Lainey originated as a diminutive of the name Elaine. The name Elaine is the Old French form of Helen. This name means “bright,” “torch,” or “shining light.”

Symbolism of the name Lainey:

Lainey derives from the Old French name Elaine. The name Elaine appears in the 15th-century Arthurian compilation Le Morte d'Arthur by Thomas Malory. Although Lainey established itself as a standalone name in the 21st century, symbols for Lainey still include the torch, the holy grail, and the full moon.

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Gender of the name Lainey:

Lainey is a girl's name.

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Emotion evoked from the name Lainey:

The name Lainey evokes feelings of luminosity and shine.

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Popularity of the name Lainey:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Lainey was the 364th baby name for girls in 2020.

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Great middle names for Lainey and their meanings:

  • Annette (grace)
  • Eileen (bright, shining, beautiful)
  • Denise (follower of Dionysius)
  • Doris (gift)
  • Gail (joy of the father)
  • Mae (pearl)
  • Moira (destiny, fate)
  • Morgan (sea chieftain)
  • Roxanne (dawn)
  • Veronica (true image, victory)

Famous people with the name Lainey:

Lainey in popular culture:

  • Lainey Lemonade (titular protagonist of the children's book by Lisa Cavaliere)
  • Lainey Lewis (character on television's The Goldbergs)
  • Dr. Lainey Winters (character on the soap opera General Hospital)