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What does Wesley mean?

Wesley Pronunciation of Wesley [wes-ley] as a boys' name is pronounced WEZ-lee, WES-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Wesley is "western meadow". Place name; variant of the English surname Westley. Used in honor of brothers John and Charles Wesley, 18th-century founders of Methodism, a Protestant Christian denomination. Actors Wesley Snipes, Wes Bentley.

Associated with: old english, meadow, surname, 18th century.


Wesley has 5 variants: Wes, Wesly, Wessley, Westleigh and Westley.

1 feminine form: Weslee.

Creative forms:
(male) Weley, ..

(female) Weshel, Weste, ..

Middle name pairings:
Wesley Edison (W.E.), ..

How popular is Wesley?

Wesley is a very prominent first name for males (#171 out of 1220, Top 14%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#1512 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Wesley reached its apex position of #97 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, and is at #126 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Wesley (#126 from current records) are Wes (#1264 from current records) and Westley (#1036). These forms of Wesley were at the top of their popularity in 2015 (average #808). Wesley has historically been the top pick of parents.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wesley, Wes, Westley in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Wesley and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Ansley, Beasley, Bosley, Chesley, Denley, Hedley, Henley, Jessey, Kealey, Keeley, Kelley, Kenley, Leslea (see Leslie), Leslee, Lesley, Lesly, Penley, Presley, Redley, Risley, Sealey, Seeley, Wadley, Wakeley, Warley, Webley, Welbey (see Welby), Welby, Wellbey (see Welby), Wellby, Westbey, Westby, Westen, Wickley, Wiley, Willey and Wrisley. These names tend to be less commonly used than Wesley.

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