Wesley

First Name
211k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
23k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of Wesley

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

Other Dictionary Sources
  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 since the 18th century, today often without any religious connotations.

Notable Persons Named Wesley

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 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 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 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 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 is an influential human. 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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Notable Persons With the Last Name Wesley

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 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 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 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 was a famous somebody. 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 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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How popular is the baby name Wesley in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 123 0 123
1881 102 0 102
1882 145 0 145
1883 104 0 104
1884 120 0 120
1885 108 0 108
1886 121 0 121
1887 115 0 115
1888 147 0 147
1889 101 0 101
1890 136 5 131
1891 115 0 115
1892 142 0 142
1893 136 0 136
1894 149 0 149
1895 156 0 156
1896 145 0 145
1897 121 0 121
1898 151 0 151
1899 119 0 119
1900 181 0 181
1901 146 0 146
1902 145 0 145
1903 153 0 153
1904 166 0 166
1905 174 0 174
1906 155 0 155
1907 191 0 191
1908 185 0 185
1909 197 0 197
1910 216 7 209
1911 266 5 261
1912 491 6 485
1913 594 9 585
1914 796 7 789
1915 998 8 990
1916 1,033 7 1,026
1917 1,023 9 1,014
1918 1,162 17 1,145
1919 1,108 9 1,099
1920 1,256 12 1,244
1921 1,341 9 1,332
1922 1,298 10 1,288
1923 1,391 12 1,379
1924 1,356 10 1,346
1925 1,277 12 1,265
1926 1,331 10 1,321
1927 1,332 8 1,324
1928 1,197 16 1,181
1929 1,189 10 1,179
1930 1,202 15 1,187
1931 1,130 15 1,115
1932 1,148 12 1,136
1933 1,036 7 1,029
1934 1,132 14 1,118
1935 1,053 13 1,040
1936 1,072 12 1,060
1937 1,082 15 1,067
1938 1,078 6 1,072
1939 1,124 9 1,115
1940 1,143 16 1,127
1941 1,107 17 1,090
1942 1,273 19 1,254
1943 1,282 16 1,266
1944 1,177 8 1,169
1945 1,117 12 1,105
1946 1,263 14 1,249
1947 1,470 12 1,458
1948 1,354 19 1,335
1949 1,421 16 1,405
1950 1,534 7 1,527
1951 1,520 16 1,504
1952 1,608 12 1,596
1953 1,748 18 1,730
1954 1,857 13 1,844
1955 1,932 10 1,922
1956 2,020 13 2,007
1957 2,011 19 1,992
1958 1,963 9 1,954
1959 2,015 16 1,999
1960 2,029 10 2,019
1961 2,017 14 2,003
1962 1,985 21 1,964
1963 2,116 19 2,097
1964 1,985 15 1,970
1965 1,871 10 1,861
1966 1,812 10 1,802
1967 1,606 15 1,591
1968 1,662 18 1,644
1969 1,877 18 1,859
1970 2,084 21 2,063
1971 1,981 21 1,960
1972 1,718 23 1,695
1973 1,574 18 1,556
1974 1,492 23 1,469
1975 1,556 22 1,534
1976 2,169 23 2,146
1977 4,335 30 4,305 #66 boy name
1978 3,344 34 3,310 #83 boy name
1979 3,273 39 3,234 #90 boy name
1980 3,207 42 3,165 #95 boy name
1981 3,072 32 3,040 #99 boy name
1982 3,079 48 3,031 #98 boy name
1983 2,829 40 2,789
1984 2,850 50 2,800
1985 3,091 48 3,043 #94 boy name
1986 3,094 54 3,040 #96 boy name
1987 3,297 53 3,244 #92 boy name
1988 3,534 58 3,476 #92 boy name
1989 3,514 57 3,457 #98 boy name
1990 3,360 46 3,314
1991 3,309 42 3,267
1992 3,291 54 3,237
1993 3,228 56 3,172
1994 3,064 33 3,031
1995 2,840 43 2,797
1996 2,659 42 2,617
1997 2,388 30 2,358
1998 2,265 23 2,242
1999 2,237 30 2,207
2000 2,233 17 2,216
2001 2,046 19 2,027
2002 2,068 18 2,050
2003 2,152 30 2,122
2004 2,142 36 2,106
2005 2,127 16 2,111
2006 2,127 26 2,101
2007 2,095 34 2,061
2008 2,080 17 2,063
2009 2,235 28 2,207
2010 2,448 22 2,426
2011 2,503 33 2,470
2012 2,669 28 2,641
2013 2,860 27 2,833
2014 3,180 45 3,135
2015 3,266 44 3,222
2016 3,470 63 3,407

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Popularity of Wesley as a first name

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Popularity of Wesley as a last name

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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

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

  • How Popular is the name Wesley? Wesley is the 350th most popular name of all time. 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 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 211,171 babies born with the first name Wesley in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wesley to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011).
  • 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 4,305 babies. That's a lot of babies named Wesley!
  • Random Wesley Factoid: According to the 1997 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wesley ranks 81st in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 52 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1997.
  • Weird things about the name Wesley: Your name in reverse order is Yelsew. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Elyesw. 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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  • 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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