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Wesley

First Name
222k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
23k
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys

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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Wesley

User Submitted Origins

English
60%
African
17%
Shona
3%
German
3%
Anglo-Saxon
3%
Slang
3%
American
3%
Fiction
3%
African American
3%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. 2 people from the United States agree the name Wesley is of German origin and means "Western meadow".
  2. A user from Australia says the name Wesley is of English origin and means "Leader of people".
  3. A submission from Virginia, U.S. says the name Wesley means "West Meadow" and is of English origin.
  4. According to a user from Kenya, the name Wesley is of English origin and means "Leader of the people".
  5. According to a user from Texas, U.S., the name Wesley is of English origin and means "Field to the west".
  6. According to a user from Malawi, the name Wesley is of African origin and means "successful people".
  7. A user from Utah, U.S. says the name Wesley is of Anglo-Saxon origin and means "Western medow".
  8. According to a user from Cameroon, the name Wesley is of African origin and means "Prosperous field".
  9. A submission from Nigeria says the name Wesley means "The name Wesley means great glory" and is of African origin.
  10. A user from Georgia, U.S. says the name Wesley is of American origin and means "Good looking".
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  1. English clergyman and founder of Methodism (1703-1791)
  2. English clergyman and brother of John Wesley who wrote many hymns (1707-1788)
Wiktionary

Several places in England, from Old English west (“west”) + lēah (“wood, clearing”).

  1. A habitational surname​.
  2. John Wesley, founder of Methodism.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname, of 18th century and later usage, today often without any religious connotations.

Notable Persons Named Wesley

Notable Persons Named Wesley

Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson is a film director, film producer screenwriter, and actor. He has been prominent since 1994. Wes was given the name Wesley Wales Anderson on May 1st, 1969 in Houston, Texas, U.S.

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Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes is an actor, film producer, martial artist, and martial arts. He was most active from 1986 to present. Wesley was given the name Wesley Trent Snipes on July 31st, 1962 in Orlando, Florida, United States.

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Wes Bentley

Wes Bentley is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1995. Wes was given the name Wesley Cook Bentley on September 4th, 1978 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, U.S.

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Wes Craven

Wes Craven was a director, writer, producer, and actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1971 to 2015. Wes was given the name Wesley Earl Craven on August 2nd, 1939 in Cleveland. He left this life on August 30th, 2015.

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Wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder is a soccer player for the Galatasaray S.K. (football), Ajax Youth Academy, AFC Ajax, Real Madrid C.F., Inter Milan, Netherlands national under-17 football team, Netherlands national under-19 football team, and Netherlands national under-21 football team. Wesley was born on June 9th, 1984 in Utrecht, Netherlands.

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Wesley So

He holds the title Grandmaster(2008) and Grandmaster (chess). Wesley was given the name Wesley Barbasa So on October 9th, 1993 in Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines.

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  • Wesley Clark
    Military Person
  • Wes Studi
    Actor
  • Wes Borland
    Musician
  • Wong Fu Productions
  • Wesley Blake
  • Wesley Schultz
    Musician
  • Wesley Willis
    Musician
  • Wes Scantlin
    Musician
  • Wes Moore
    American Author
  • Wesley Hoedt
    Soccer Player
  • Wesley Lau
    Actor
  • Wesley Merritt
    Office Holder
  • Wesley Sonck
    Soccer Player
  • Wesley Eisold
    Musician

Notable Persons With the Last Name Wesley

Notable Persons With the Last Name Wesley

The Duke of Wellington

The Duke of Wellington was an office holder. His military service ended in 1852. The was given the name Arthur Wesley on May 1st, 1769 in 6. He died on September 14th, 1852.

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Paul Wesley

Paul Wesley is an actor, model, director, and producer. He has had major accomplishments since 1999. Paul was given the name Paweł Tomasz Wasilewski on July 23rd, 1982 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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John Wesley

John Wesley was a cleric. John was born as the child of Samuel Wesley (poet) and Susanna Wesley in Epworth, Lincolnshire, England. He left this life on March 2nd, 1791.

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Rutina Wesley

Rutina Wesley is an actress. She was most active from 2005 to present. Rutina was born on February 1st, 1979 in Las Vegas, Nevada, US.

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Charles Wesley

Charles was born as the child of Samuel Wesley (poet) and Susanna Wesley on December 18th, 1707 in Epworth, Lincolnshire, England. He died on March 29th, 1788.

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Kassie DePaiva

Kassie DePaiva is an actress, singer, actor, and singing. She has been prominent since 1986. Kassie was given the name Katherine Virginia Wesley on March 21st, 1961 in Morganfield, Kentucky, United States.

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Common last names for Wesley

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Anderson
  • Taylor
  • Clark
  • Thomas
  • Thompson
  • White
  • Jackson
  • Martin
  • Harris
  • Wright
  • Lewis

Common first names for Wesley

  • John
  • Mary
  • James
  • Charles
  • William
  • Robert
  • George
  • Joseph
  • Willie
  • Henry
  • Helen
  • Edward
  • Walter
  • Richard
  • Annie
  • Dorothy
  • Thomas
  • Clarence

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wesley U.S.
  White 41.86% 64.26%
  African American 48.95% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.92% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.76% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.05% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.47% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wesley

People with the last name Wesley are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Wesley

  • What name lists does Wesley rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Wesley? Wesley is the 345th most popular name of all time. In 2019 Wesley was the 99th most popular name. As a last name Wesley was the 1,555th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Wesley have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 222,353 babies born with the first name Wesley in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wesley to occupy the territory of Mayotte (France) with an estimated population of 217,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wesley? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 123 new born babies.
  • When was Wesley first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wesley is Saturday, June 27th, 1863.
  • What year had the most people named Wesley born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wesley was in 1977 with a total of 4,306 babies. That's a lot of babies named Wesley!
  • Random Wesley Factoid: According to the 1993 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wesley ranks 60th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, 134 babies in Tennessee have the same name in 1993.
  • Weird things about the name Wesley: The name spelled backwards is Yelsew. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Weleys. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wesley? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 23,135 people with the last name Wesley.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wesley? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 8 of them will have Wesley as their last name.
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