What does West mean?
West /west/ [1 syll.] as a name for boys is of Old English origin, and the meaning of West is "western stream". West is a variant form of Westbrook (Old English). Compare surname Wist.
How popular is West?
West is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent last name for all people (#115 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of West for boys. West reached its peak position of #523 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of West and corresponding names. Brook is the only other popular varying form of West appearing in the Top 1000. These boy names reached the top of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.2385%) and have become significantly less widespread since, with the forms Brook and West becoming less in vogue. (2014 Birth Statistics)