What does Stanley mean?
Stanley /stan-ley/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced STAN-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Stanley is "stony meadow". Place name. Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick; actor Stanley Tucci.
How popular is Stanley?
Stanley is a very popular first name for men (#106 out of 1220, Top 9%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#292 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Stanley for boys. Stanley reached its apex position of #36 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, and is at #685 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Stanley and related names. The only other popular alternative form of Stanley (#685 a year ago) appearing in the Top 1000 is Stan. Adoption of these boy names reached its highest during 1950-1959 (usage of 0.7235%) and is now much less (usage 0.1575%, 78.2% less), with the versions Stanley and Stan becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Shanley. This name tends to be less frequently used than Stanley.