Laney began as a cute nickname for the very traditional English name Elaine. In modern times, the name is more of a standalone first name. It has only been used for around the past two decades for girls.

Meaning of the name Laney:

English: bright, shining one; from the lane

Origin of the name Laney:

Laney began as a nickname for the name Elaine in England. Some do state, however, that the name began as a surname that meant “from the lane.” Now, the name is a popular first name for girls after considering the boy's baby name Lane.

Symbolism of the name Laney:

Laney most likely means “bright, shining one” just like the name Elaine. It carried over the meaning of when it was primarily a nickname.

Baby name Laney

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Gender of the name Laney:

Laney is a baby girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Laney:


Number of syllables in the name Laney:


Emotion evoked from the name Laney:

The baby name Laney feels carefree and open. It has a modern feel that is a bit trendy too.

Alternative spellings for the name Laney:

  • Lainie
  • Lanie 
  • Lanee
  • Lainee
  • Lanei
  • Lani

Nicknames for the name Laney:

  • Lay Lay
  • Lay
  • Lane 
  • Lady Bug
  • Lay Bay

Popularity of the name Laney:

Laney became a top 1,000 girl's name in 2000 at number 704. It has never risen above the top 400 list, with it ranking at number 482 in 2005 and number 486 in 2006. As of 2020, the name is number 657 overall.

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Famous people with the name Laney:

  • Laney Diggs (professional figure skater)
  • Laney Jones (singer and songwriter, “Run Wild”)

Laneys in popular culture:

  • Laney (Lei Nea in “Matched” series)
  • Laney Boggs (character in “She's All That”)
  • Laney Penn (character in “Grojband”)
  • Laney Rucker (character in “The Purge”)