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Wesley is a kindhearted name that is extremely popular among boys, now ranking on the top 100 list. When thinking of the name, you may first think of the last name such as that which was held by John Wesley, a famous pastor. This is because Wesley did originate as a last name in Old England.

Meaning of the name Wesley:

English: from the west field, western meadow

Origin of the name Wesley:

The baby name Wesley began as an English surname to represent any families who came from towns throughout England that were called Westley. The name did continue in use as a surname during the time of the former of Methodism, John Wesley. The name became popularized, however, during the 1980s, though it was used as a first name during the time of John Wesley.

Baby name Wesley

Symbolism of the name Wesley:

Wesley was given as a surname for towns called Westley. These towns were often on the westernmost side of England, fitting the meaning of “western meadow” or “west field.”

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Gender of the name Wesley:

Wesley is a name used for both boys and girls.

Pronunciation of the name Wesley:


Number of syllables in the name Wesley:


Emotion evoked from the name Wesley:

Wesley feels kindhearted and endearing. It is a trendy name without becoming too modern.

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Popularity of the name Wesley:

Wesley was on the top 200 list until 1976 in the United States, then it jumped to the top 100 list in 1977 at number 66. The name remained on this list, except for in the years 1983 and 1984 when it went to number 101, until 1989. As of the year 2020, however, the name is back on the top 100 list, ranking at number 98, and in 2019, it ranked at number 99 overall.

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Great middle names for Wesley and their meanings:

  • Shaw (wood)
  • Hayes (hedged area)
  • Soloman (peace)
  • Elliott (the Lord is my God)
  • Kane (little battler)
  • Dean (monk, valley)
  • Gray (color)

Famous people with the name Wesley:

  • Wesley Clark (former Army general)
  • Wesley Snipes (actor, “Blade”)
  • Wesley Bentley (actor, “American Beauty”)
  • Wesley Welker (NFL player, Texans)
  • Wesley Studi (actor, “Hostiles”)
  • Wesley Woodyard (NFL player, Titans)

Wesleys in popular culture:

  • Wesley Crusher (character in “Star Trek”)
  • Wesley Pegden (character in “Last of the Summer Wine”)
  • Wesley Gibson (character from “Wanted”)
  • Wesley Owens (character from “Mr. Belvedere”)
  • Wesley Maxfield (character from “The Vampire Diaries”)
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