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What does Stanley mean?

Stanley Pronunciation of Stanley [stan-ley] 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.

Associated with: old english, meadow.


Stanley has 4 variants: Stan, Stanlea, Stanlee and Stanly.

Creative forms:
(male) Sadley, Stanney, ..

(female) Stanny, Stansee, ..

Middle name pairings:
Stanley Miguel (S.M.), ..

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. Demographics)

Stanley reached its apex position of #37 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, and is at #688 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Stanley name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Stanley outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Stanley (#688 a year ago) appearing in the Top 2000 are Stanly and Stan. Adoption of these forms of Stanley was common among parents a century ago (usage of 0.54%) and is now much diminished (usage 0.02%, 96.5% less), with versions like Stan becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Stanley, Stan, Stanly in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Stanley outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Atley, Baxley, Beasley, Blaney, Branley, Brinley, Cailey, Carley, Chancey, Charley, Claney, Cranley, Daley, Darnley, Dawley, Dunnley (see Dunley), Earley, Farnley, Finley, Finnley, Gianney (see Gian), Hagley, Haley, Handley, Hanley, Hayley, Headley, Kaley, Kayley, Kenley, Langley, Manley, Marley, Penley, Radley, Randey, Ransley, Rawley, Sable, Salem, Sammey, Sandey, Sante, Santee, Scanlan, Scanlen (see Scanlon), Sealey, Seeley, Shandey (see Shandy), Shanley, Shannley, Shelley, Sorley, Stacey, Stacy, Stanaway, Stanbery, Stanbury, Stanek, Stannes (see Stanislaus), Stannway (see Stanway), Stanten, Stanway, Stensen, Stepney, Stiles, Stone, Stoner, Stones, Stoney, Sulley, Sunney, Sydney, Tanney and Yancey. These names tend to be less frequently used than Stanley.

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