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West

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 13 0 13
1881 15 0 15
1882 11 0 11
1883 11 0 11
1884 19 0 19
1885 10 0 10
1886 21 0 21
1887 9 0 9
1888 12 0 12
1889 7 0 7
1890 13 0 13
1891 12 0 12
1892 12 0 12
1893 11 0 11
1894 9 0 9
1895 11 0 11
1896 11 0 11
1897 8 0 8
1898 16 0 16
1899 8 0 8
1900 13 0 13
1901 11 0 11
1902 12 0 12
1903 9 0 9
1904 13 0 13
1905 13 0 13
1906 9 0 9
1907 12 0 12
1908 8 0 8
1909 12 0 12
1910 19 0 19
1911 14 0 14
1912 20 0 20
1913 28 0 28
1914 19 0 19
1915 21 0 21
1916 23 0 23
1917 21 0 21
1918 29 0 29
1919 30 0 30
1920 29 0 29
1921 26 0 26
1922 27 0 27
1923 15 0 15
1924 28 0 28
1925 29 0 29
1926 26 0 26
1927 36 0 36
1928 21 0 21
1929 17 0 17
1930 18 0 18
1931 17 0 17
1932 19 0 19
1933 17 0 17
1934 17 0 17
1935 16 0 16
1936 18 0 18
1937 7 0 7
1938 18 0 18
1939 18 0 18
1940 11 0 11
1941 15 0 15
1942 16 0 16
1943 16 0 16
1944 14 0 14
1945 22 0 22
1946 13 0 13
1947 15 0 15
1948 12 0 12
1949 19 0 19
1950 15 0 15
1951 18 0 18
1952 21 0 21
1953 19 0 19
1954 12 0 12
1955 16 0 16
1956 18 0 18
1957 17 0 17
1958 19 0 19
1959 16 0 16
1960 14 0 14
1961 17 0 17
1962 15 0 15
1963 10 0 10
1964 18 0 18
1965 15 0 15
1966 15 0 15
1967 11 0 11
1968 19 0 19
1969 17 0 17
1970 24 0 24
1971 19 0 19
1972 16 0 16
1973 11 0 11
1974 15 0 15
1975 7 0 7
1976 15 0 15
1977 19 0 19
1978 12 0 12
1979 10 0 10
1980 16 0 16
1981 24 0 24
1982 18 0 18
1983 18 0 18
1984 15 0 15
1985 22 0 22
1986 13 0 13
1987 12 0 12
1988 11 0 11
1989 17 0 17
1990 17 0 17
1991 18 0 18
1992 10 0 10
1993 20 0 20
1994 23 0 23
1995 14 0 14
1996 22 0 22
1997 13 0 13
1998 14 0 14
1999 22 0 22
2000 17 0 17
2001 28 0 28
2002 10 0 10
2003 18 0 18
2004 29 0 29
2005 25 0 25
2006 42 0 42
2007 40 0 40
2008 42 0 42
2009 60 0 60
2010 52 0 52
2011 61 0 61
2012 74 0 74
2013 78 0 78
2014 60 0 60
2015 74 0 74

Fun Facts about the name West

  • How many people with the first name West have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,666 babies born with the first name West in the United States. That's more than enough people named West to occupy the territory of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) with an estimated population of 2,495 (as of March 1, 2010).
  • 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 2013 with a total of 78 babies.
  • Random West Factoid: According to the 2009 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name West is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 13 babies in California have the same name as you in 2009.
  • Weird things about the name West: Your name in reverse order is Tsew. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Twes. 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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Popularity of West as a first name

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Popularity of West as a last name

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Common last names for West

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

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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

English

Origin and Meaning of West

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

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")
  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 28 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

Other Inspirations for the Name West

West Elm
West Marine
West Nile Virus
West Virginia
West Point
West Side Story
West Virginia Shooting
West Virginia University
West Potomac High School
West Springfield High School

Notable Persons With the Last Name West

Kanye West

Kanye West is a rapper, songwriter, record producer, and fashion designer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1996 to present. Kanye was born in 1977 as Kanye Omari West in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

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Shane West

Shane West is an actor, musician, songwriter, and producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1995 to present. Shane was born in 1978 as Shannon Bruce Snaith in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.

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Adam West

Adam West is an actor and voice actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1954 to present. Adam was born in 1928 as William West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington U.S.

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Mae West

Mae West is an actress, singer, playwright, and screenwriter with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1907 to 1978. Mae was born in 1892 as Mary Jane West in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.

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Jerry West

Jerry West is a basketball biography. Jerry was born in 1938 in Chelyan, West Virginia.

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Jemima West

Jemima West is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1999 to present. Jemima was born in 1987 in France.

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Nathan West

Nathan West is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1994 to present. Nathan was born in 1978 as Nathan Luke West in Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.

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Taribo West

Taribo West is a football biography. Taribo was born in 1974 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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Samuel West

Samuel West is an actor and director with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1975 to present. Samuel was born in 1966 as Samuel Alexander Joseph West in London, England, UK.

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Chandra West

Chandra West is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1991 to present. Chandra was born in 1970 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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What does the name West mean?

Wis for warmth, the glow of your friendship.

Eis for enchant, for enchant you will.

Sis for smile, it gives you face value.

Tis for treasure, that of your friendship.

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