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in 2010

Wesley

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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 1,340 9 1,331
1922 1,299 10 1,289
1923 1,391 12 1,379
1924 1,356 10 1,346
1925 1,278 12 1,266
1926 1,331 10 1,321
1927 1,332 8 1,324
1928 1,197 16 1,181
1929 1,188 10 1,178
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 1,131 14 1,117
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 1,144 16 1,128
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 1,533 7 1,526
1951 1,521 16 1,505
1952 1,606 12 1,594
1953 1,751 18 1,733
1954 1,855 13 1,842
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 2,016 16 2,000
1960 2,029 10 2,019
1961 2,017 14 2,003
1962 1,985 21 1,964
1963 2,115 19 2,096
1964 1,985 15 1,970
1965 1,872 10 1,862
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 4,334 30 4,304 #66 boy name
1978 3,344 34 3,310 #83 boy name
1979 3,272 39 3,233 #90 boy name
1980 3,207 42 3,165 #95 boy name
1981 3,072 32 3,040 #99 boy name
1982 3,078 48 3,030 #98 boy name
1983 2,829 40 2,789
1984 2,851 50 2,801
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 3,227 56 3,171
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 2,151 30 2,121
2004 2,141 36 2,105
2005 2,126 16 2,110
2006 2,127 26 2,101
2007 2,094 34 2,060
2008 2,079 17 2,062
2009 2,234 28 2,206
2010 2,447 22 2,425
2011 2,502 33 2,469
2012 2,669 28 2,641
2013 2,860 27 2,833
2014 3,175 44 3,131
2015 3,256 43 3,213

Fun Facts about the name Wesley

  • How many people with the first name Wesley have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 207,675 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 4,304 babies. That's a lot of babies named Wesley!
  • Random Wesley Factoid: According to the 1942 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wesley ranks 90th in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 15 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 1942.
  • 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 Eslwye. 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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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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Wesley" mean? The list below shows the origins of Wesley as well as things modernly associated with the name Wesley such as celebrities named Wesley.

English

Origin and Meaning of Wesley

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

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)

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.

Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes is an actor, film producer, and martial artist with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1986 to present. Wesley was born in 1962 as Wesley Trent Snipes in Orlando, Florida, U.S.

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Wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder is a football biography. Wesley was born in 1984 in Utrecht, Netherlands.

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Wesley Clark

Wesley Clark is a military person. Wesley was born in 1944 as Wesley Kanne Clark in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Wes Bentley

Wes Bentley is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1995 to present. Wes was born in 1978 as Wesley Cook Bentley in Jonesboro, Arkansas, U.S.

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Wes Borland

Wes Borland is a musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, artist, oil painter and sculptor specializing in nu metal, rap metal, industrial metal, and alternative metal music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1995 to present. Wes was born in 1975 as Wesley Louden Borland in Richmond, Virginia, United States.

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Wes Studi

Wes Studi is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1988 to present. Wes was born in 1947 as Wesley Studie in Nofire Hollow, Oklahoma.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Wesley

Wesley College
Wesley Crusher
Wesley Theological Seminary
Wesley Matthews
Wesley Taylor
Wesley Johnson
Wesley Willis

Notable Persons With the Last Name Wesley

Paul Wesley

Paul Wesley is an actor, model, director, and producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1999 to present. Paul was born in 1983 as Pawel Tomasz Wasilewski in New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.

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Kassie DePaiva

Kassie DePaiva is an actress and singer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1986 to present. Kassie was born in 1961 as Katherine Virginia Wesley in Morganfield, Kentucky, United States.

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David Wesley

David Wesley is a nba biography. David was born in 1970 in San Antonio, Texas.

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Glen Wesley

Glen Wesley is an ice hockey player. Glen was born in 1968 in Red Deer, AB, CAN.

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What does the name Wesley mean?

Wis for wisdom, you acquire with age.

Eis for encouraging, thanks for the motivation!

Sis for special, you are, you know!

Lis for little, the little things you do.

Eis for empathy, and your consideration for the feelings of others

Yis for yearn, your innermost desires.

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