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What does Wesley mean?

Wesley Pronunciation of Wesley 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


VARIANTS Wes, Wesly, Wessley, Westleigh, Westley




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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 #105 currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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?

Popular varying forms of Wesley (#105 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) are Wes (#1056) and Westley (#786). These forms of Wesley were at the top of their popularity in 2018 (AVERAGE #649). Wesley has historically been the top pick of parents, although Westley seems to be gaining popularity too.

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding 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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