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West

First Name
3k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
196k
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys

Meaning and Origin

What does the name West mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of West

User Submitted Origins

English
82%
American
9%
Korean
9%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from New Hampshire, U.S. says the name West means "Going to the west".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun West
Senses
  1. The point in the heavens where the sun is seen to set at the equinox; or, the corresponding point on the earth; that one of the four cardinal points of the compass which is in a direction at right angles to that of north and south, and on the left hand of a person facing north; the point directly opposite to east."And fresh from the west is the free wind's breath." [Bryant.]
  2. A country, or region of country, which, with regard to some other country or region, is situated in the direction toward the west.
    1. The Westen hemisphere, or the New World so called, it having been discovered by sailing westward from Europe; the Occident.
    2. [U. S. Hist. & Geog]
      Formerly, that part of the United States west of the Alleghany mountains; now, commonly, the whole region west of the Mississippi river; esp., that part which is north of the Indian Territory, New Mexico, etc. Usually with the definite article.

Etymology: AS. west, adv.; akin to D. west, G. west westen, OHG. westan, Icel. vestr, Sw. vest vester vestan, Dan. vest vesten, and perhaps to L. vesper evening, Gr. �. ����. Cf. Vesper Visigoth

adjective West
Senses
  1. Lying toward the west; situated at the west, or in a western direction from the point of observation or reckoning; proceeding toward the west, or coming from the west; as, a west course is one toward the west; an east and west line; a west wind blows from the west."This shall be your west border." [Num. xxxiv. 6.]
  2. [Eccl] Designating, or situated in, that part of a church which is opposite to, and farthest from, the east, or the part containing the chancel and choir.
adverb West
Westward.

Etymology: AS. west

verb West
Senses
  1. To pass to the west; to set, as the sun.(Obs)"The hot sun gan to west." [Chaucer.]
  2. To turn or move toward the west; to veer from the north or south toward the west.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A location in the western part of a country, region, or city
  2. The countries of (originally) Europe and (now including) North America and South America
  3. The region of the United States lying to the west of the Mississippi River
  4. English painter (born in America) who became the second president of the Royal Academy (1738-1820)
  5. United States film actress (1892-1980)
  6. British writer (born in Ireland) (1892-1983)
  7. The cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees
  8. The direction corresponding to the westward cardinal compass point
  9. Situated in or facing or moving toward the west
  10. To, toward, or in the west ("we moved west to Arizona" and "situated west of Boston")
Wiktionary
  1. The Western world; the regions, primarily situated in the Western Hemisphere, whose culture is derived from Europe.
  2. (historical) the Western Bloc (the noncommunist countries of Europe and America)
  3. (US) The Western United States in the 19th century era of terrestrial expansion; the Wild West.
  4. The western states of the United States.
  5. The European Union; a Western Region that is primarily an economic and political Bloc that covers 27 member states.
  6. Regions or countries lying to the west of a specified or implied point of orientation.
  7. The western part of any region.
    Senegal is a nation that lies in the .
  8. The one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the west or at the left of a diagram.
  9. A person (as a bridge player) occupying this position during a specified activity.
  10. A surname​ for a newcomer from the west, or someone who lived to the west of a village.

West was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named West

Notable Persons Named West

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West wind

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West Arkeen

West Arkeen was a rock music, hard rock, and blues rock musician, songwriter, and record producer. He was most active from 1981 to 1997. West was given the name Aaron West Arkeen on June 18th, 1960 in Neuilly-sur-Seine. West is also known as West Arkeen, Arkeen, and West. He passed away on May 30th, 1997.

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West Dylan Thordson

West is also known as Thordson and West Dylan.

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West Nkosi

West Nkosi was a musician. West was born in 1940 in Nelspruit, South Africa. He breathed his last breath on October 8th, 1998.

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West Fraser

West was born on February 3rd, 1955.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name West

Notable Persons With the Last Name West

Kanye West

Kanye West is a rapping, singing, songwriter, record producer, fashion design, rapper, singer, and designer. He has had major accomplishments since 1996. Kanye was given the name Kanye Omari West on June 8th, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, US.

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Dominic West

Dominic West is an actor, musician, and director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to present. Dominic was given the name Dominic Gerard Francis Eagleton West on October 15th, 1969 in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.

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Wallace Rudolph "Wally" West

Wallace Rudolph "Wally" West is a comics character.

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Adam West

Adam West is an actor. He has been prominent since 1954. Adam was given the name William West Anderson on September 19th, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington U.S.

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Mae West

Mae West was an actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, and comedienne. Her ongoing career started in 1907. Mae was given the name Mary Jane West in Brooklyn. She passed away on November 22nd, 1980.

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Cornel West

Cornel West is a philosopher. Cornel was born on June 2nd, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States.

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  • Shane West
    Actor
  • Jerry West
    Basketball Player
  • Allen West
  • Billy West
    Voice Actor
  • Wicked Witch of the West
    Ruler of the Winkies
  • David West
    Basketball Player
  • Delonte West
    Basketball Player
  • Leslie West
    Musician
  • Amber Stevens West
    Actress
  • Samuel West
    Actor
  • Timothy West
    Actor
  • Andrew J West
    Actor
  • Madeleine West
    Actress
  • Dottie West
    Musician

Common last names for West

  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Jones
  • Moore
  • Smith
  • Taylor
  • Harris
  • Wilson
  • Thomas

Common first names for West

  • William
  • James
  • John
  • Mary
  • Robert
  • Charles
  • George
  • Thomas
  • Dorothy
  • Helen
  • Margaret
  • Ruth
  • Joseph
  • Richard
  • Walter
  • Willie
  • Edward
  • Frank
  • J

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity West U.S.
  White 75.48% 64.26%
  African American 18.48% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.49% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.83% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.27% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name West

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

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Fun Facts about the name West

  • What name lists does West rank for?
  • How Popular is the name West? West is the 5,370th most popular name of all time. As a last name West was the 125th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name West have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,004 babies born with the first name West in the United States. That's more than enough people named West to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named West? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 13 new born babies.
  • When was West first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name West is Sunday, March 6th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named West born? The highest recorded use of the first name West was in 2019 with a total of 98 babies.
  • Random West Factoid: According to the 1968 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name West is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name in 1968.
  • Weird things about the name West: The name spelled backwards is Tsew. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Swte. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name West? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 195,818 people with the last name West.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of West? West was ranked as the 125th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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