Meaning and Name Origin
Wesley \we(s)-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.
Wesley has 1 feminine form: Weslee.
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 (#1476 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Wesley for boys. Wesley reached its apex position of #101 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, and is at #130 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Wesley and affiliated names. Popular varying forms of Wesley (#130 the previous year) are Wes and Westley. These boy names reached the top of their popularity in the year 1990 and are somewhat less popular today, with the form Westley becoming less trendy. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)