Stanley

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300k
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since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Stanley

"Stanley" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the stony field". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Welsh journalist and explorer who led an expedition to Africa in search of David Livingstone and found him in Tanzania in 1871; he and Livingstone together tried to find the source of the Nile River (1841-1904)
  2. United States inventor who built a steam-powered automobile (1849-1918)
Wiktionary

From places in England, Old English stān (“stone”) + lēah (“meadow”).

  • The given name has also been used as a anglicisation of StanisÅ‚aw, Stanislav and related names.
  1. A habitational surname​.
  2. Any of several places, outside England named for persons with the surname.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname. Popular in early 20th century.

Notable Persons Named Stanley

Stanley Tucci is an actor, writer, producer, and director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1982 to present. Stanley was born on November 11th, 1960 in Peekskill, New York, United States.

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Ann Dunham was an anthropology and anthropologist. Ann was given the name Stanley Ann Dunham by her parents Stanley Armour Dunham and Madelyn Dunham on November 29th, 1942 in Wichita, Kansas, United States. Ann is also known as Dunham and Stanley Ann. She left this life on November 7th, 1995.

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His military service ended in 2010. Stanley was born on August 14th, 1954.

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MC Hammer is a hip hop music, pop music, and dance music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1985 to present. MC was given the name Stanley Kirk Burrell on March 30th, 1962 in Oakland, California, United States. MC is also known as M.C. Hammer, Hammer, Hammertime, and King Hammer.

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Paul Stanley is a hard rock and heavy metal music musician. He plays Ibanez, Washburn Guitars, Silvertone (instruments), B.C. Rich, Gibson Flying V, and Gibson Explorer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1969 to present. Paul was given the name Stanley Bert Eisen on January 20th, 1952 in Manhattan, New York City, United States. Paul is also known as The Starchild".

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Stanley Johnson is a politician and author. Stanley was given the name Stanley Patrick Johnson on August 18th, 1940 in Penzance.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Stanley

Paul Stanley is a hard rock and heavy metal music musician. He plays Ibanez, Washburn Guitars, Silvertone (instruments), B.C. Rich, Gibson Flying V, and Gibson Explorer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1969 to present. Paul was given the name Stanley Bert Eisen on January 20th, 1952 in Manhattan, New York City, United States. Paul is also known as The Starchild".

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Henry was given the name John Rowlands on January 28th, 1841 in Denbigh. He passed away on May 10th, 1904.

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Ralph Stanley is a bluegrass music, old-time music, blues, and american folk music musician. He plays Banjo. He has had major accomplishments since 1946. Ralph was given the name Ralph Edmund Stanley on February 25th, 1927 in McClure, Virginia, United States. Ralph is also known as Dr. Ralph Stanley".

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Owsley Stanley was an audio engineer. Owsley was given the name Augustus Owsley Stanley III on January 19th, 1935 in Kentucky, United States. Owsley is also known as Bear. He passed away on March 12th, 2011.

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Charles Stanley is a pastor, televangelist, theologian, author, televangelism, and theology. He was most active from 1971 to present. Charles was given the name Charles Frazier Stanley on September 25th, 1932 in Dry Fork, Virginia, U.S.

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He holds the title Senior pastor and Seniorpastor. Andy was born on May 16th, 1958 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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How popular is the baby name Stanley in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 65 0 65
1881 76 0 76
1882 76 0 76
1883 68 0 68
1884 105 0 105
1885 97 0 97
1886 95 0 95
1887 110 0 110
1888 154 0 154
1889 151 0 151
1890 223 0 223 #77 boy name
1891 178 0 178 #92 boy name
1892 181 0 181
1893 212 0 212 #87 boy name
1894 218 0 218 #90 boy name
1895 233 0 233 #82 boy name
1896 259 0 259 #78 boy name
1897 240 0 240 #77 boy name
1898 295 0 295 #71 boy name
1899 258 0 258 #74 boy name
1900 349 7 342 #77 boy name
1901 239 0 239 #81 boy name
1902 334 0 334 #69 boy name
1903 366 5 361 #59 boy name
1904 376 5 371 #65 boy name
1905 384 0 384 #65 boy name
1906 455 0 455 #56 boy name
1907 521 5 516 #54 boy name
1908 547 0 547 #52 boy name
1909 614 7 607 #50 boy name
1910 766 5 761 #47 boy name
1911 1,003 6 997 #44 boy name
1912 2,017 0 2,017 #43 boy name
1913 2,608 13 2,595 #41 boy name
1914 3,567 8 3,559 #39 boy name
1915 4,825 17 4,808 #34 boy name
1916 5,149 19 5,130 #34 boy name
1917 5,205 19 5,186 #34 boy name
1918 5,647 28 5,619 #36 boy name
1919 5,262 25 5,237 #37 boy name
1920 5,333 19 5,314 #40 boy name
1921 5,261 28 5,233 #41 boy name
1922 5,060 15 5,045 #41 boy name
1923 5,060 25 5,035 #41 boy name
1924 5,215 29 5,186 #40 boy name
1925 5,058 25 5,033 #40 boy name
1926 5,001 40 4,961 #43 boy name
1927 4,952 47 4,905 #44 boy name
1928 4,513 36 4,477 #45 boy name
1929 4,306 40 4,266 #48 boy name
1930 4,415 32 4,383 #49 boy name
1931 4,225 27 4,198 #49 boy name
1932 3,792 33 3,759 #52 boy name
1933 3,457 24 3,433 #55 boy name
1934 3,582 15 3,567 #58 boy name
1935 3,707 11 3,696 #55 boy name
1936 3,512 19 3,493 #58 boy name
1937 3,491 9 3,482 #57 boy name
1938 3,552 10 3,542 #59 boy name
1939 3,580 11 3,569 #57 boy name
1940 3,703 10 3,693 #59 boy name
1941 3,943 19 3,924 #57 boy name
1942 4,609 22 4,587 #55 boy name
1943 4,735 36 4,699 #54 boy name
1944 4,147 25 4,122 #57 boy name
1945 4,074 15 4,059 #59 boy name
1946 4,787 17 4,770 #65 boy name
1947 5,513 14 5,499 #67 boy name
1948 5,396 14 5,382 #65 boy name
1949 5,547 19 5,528 #60 boy name
1950 5,465 13 5,452 #60 boy name
1951 6,223 18 6,205 #54 boy name
1952 6,241 17 6,224 #58 boy name
1953 6,301 20 6,281 #61 boy name
1954 6,462 24 6,438 #58 boy name
1955 6,066 19 6,047 #64 boy name
1956 5,992 19 5,973 #70 boy name
1957 5,292 26 5,266 #81 boy name
1958 4,937 21 4,916 #88 boy name
1959 4,359 25 4,334 #99 boy name
1960 4,237 20 4,217
1961 3,951 29 3,922
1962 3,654 21 3,633
1963 3,556 14 3,542
1964 3,147 12 3,135
1965 2,827 14 2,813
1966 2,460 17 2,443
1967 2,265 22 2,243
1968 2,164 16 2,148
1969 1,918 16 1,902
1970 1,967 15 1,952
1971 1,779 9 1,770
1972 1,490 14 1,476
1973 1,370 13 1,357
1974 1,158 10 1,148
1975 1,180 12 1,168
1976 1,159 9 1,150
1977 1,127 12 1,115
1978 1,030 7 1,023
1979 1,072 7 1,065
1980 1,105 11 1,094
1981 1,028 13 1,015
1982 1,005 5 1,000
1983 917 12 905
1984 892 7 885
1985 924 5 919
1986 876 5 871
1987 825 7 818
1988 841 13 828
1989 877 8 869
1990 814 6 808
1991 774 0 774
1992 695 0 695
1993 637 0 637
1994 606 0 606
1995 562 0 562
1996 531 0 531
1997 525 0 525
1998 473 0 473
1999 508 0 508
2000 453 0 453
2001 443 0 443
2002 472 0 472
2003 405 0 405
2004 413 0 413
2005 410 0 410
2006 404 0 404
2007 398 0 398
2008 369 0 369
2009 359 0 359
2010 346 0 346
2011 348 0 348
2012 315 0 315
2013 355 0 355
2014 370 0 370
2015 363 0 363
2016 364 0 364

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Popularity of Stanley as a first name

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Popularity of Stanley as a last name

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Common last names for Stanley

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • White
  • Nelson
  • Martin
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • Thompson
  • Jackson
  • Hall

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Stanley U.S.
  White 78.79% 64.26%
  African American 15.10% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.74% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.16% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.95% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.27% 16.26%

Of Last Name Stanley

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

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Fun Facts about the name Stanley

  • How Popular is the name Stanley? Stanley is the 239th most popular name of all time. As a last name Stanley was the 321st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Stanley have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 299,905 babies born with the first name Stanley in the United States. That's more than enough people named Stanley to occupy the territory of French Polynesia (France) with an estimated population of 277,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Stanley? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 65 new born babies.
  • When was Stanley first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Stanley is Wednesday, September 12th, 1804.
  • What year had the most people named Stanley born? The highest recorded use of the first name Stanley was in 1954 with a total of 6,438 babies. That's a lot of babies named Stanley!
  • Random Stanley Factoid: According to the 1936 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Stanley ranks 77th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Missouri. Imagine that, 66 babies in Missouri have the same name as you in 1936.
  • Weird things about the name Stanley: Your name in reverse order is Yelnats. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Seltnay. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Stanley? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 96,867 people with the last name Stanley.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Stanley? Stanley was ranked as the 321st most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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