Wes is a baby boy’s name of English origin that means “west meadow”. Wes is a diminutive of the name Wesley but has been popular in its own right since the 1950s. Although it dipped in popularity in the 80s, Wes has reemerged as a favorite for new parents.

Meaning of the name Wes:

English: west meadow

Origin of the name Wes:

Wes is a baby boy’s name of English origin that means “west meadow”. Wes is a diminutive of the English surname Wesley.

Symbolism of the name Wes:

Wes means “west meadow” and is derived from a residential surname. A meadow is an idyllic, beautiful place in nature. Often meadows were used as a place to graze sheep or cattle.

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Gender of the name Wes:

Wes is a boy's baby name.

Pronunciation of the name Wes:


Number of syllables in the name Wes:


Emotion evoked from the name Wes:

Wes evokes feelings of charisma and friendliness.

Alternative spellings for the name Wes:


Nicknames for the name Wes:

  • Wessy

Popularity of the name Wes:

According to the Social Security Administration, Wes is a popular baby boy’s name. Wes was in the top 1000 baby names from 1957 to 1972 and returned again in 2019. It peaked at #629 in 1963.

Related names for the name Wes:

Great middle names for the name Wes and their meanings:

  • Radley (red meadow)
  • Hart (stag)
  • Merrick (fame, power)
  • Kit (follower of Christ, young fox)
  • Milo (soldier, merciful)
  • Callum (dove)
  • Sawyer (woodcutter)
  • Lachlan (from the fjord-land)
  • Beau (handsome)
  • Axel (father of peace)
  • Mason (stoneworker)

Famous people with the name Wes:

  • Wesley “Wes” Anderson (American film director)
  • Wesley “Wes” Craven (American film director)
  • Wesley “Wes” Studi (American actor)
  • Wesley “Wes” Welker (American NFL football player)
  • John Wesley “Wes” Chatham (American actor)

Wes in popular culture:

  • Wes Gibbins (television, “How to Get Away with Murder”)
  • Wes (television, “Glee”)
  • Wes (television, “Recovery Road”)
  • Wes (video game, “High School Story”)
  • Wes Janson (literature, “Star Wars Legends”)