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West

First Name
3k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
196k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of West

"West" is a name 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")
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 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

Notable Persons Named West

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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 is also known as Thordson and West Dylan.

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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 was born on February 3rd, 1955.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name 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 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 is a comics character.

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

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

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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 75 0 75
2016 72 0 72

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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

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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

  • How Popular is the name West? West is the 5,449th 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 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,739 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 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name West is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 9 babies in California have the same name as you in 2004.
  • 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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  • 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.