Origin : English

western meadow

The name Wesley is a boy's name of English origin meaning "western meadow". Wesley is one of a group of W-starting surname names reminiscent of the Old West that are making a comeback -- though it's not as well used as it was in the 1970s, when he ranked as high as Number 66. Many boys given this English place name in the past were done so to honor the founder of Methodism, John Wesley and his influential brother Charles, who probably came from one of the various towns in England called Westley. The use of the appellation as a first name began during their lifetime, but its use has spread independent of its religious associations. Two well known bearers of the name are retired general and one-time presidential hopeful Wesley Clark and actor Wesley Snipes. A pair of movie directors known by their nicknames were born as Wesley: Wes Anderson and Wes Craven, while jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery was christened John Leslie. Many people will associated the name with John Wesley Hardin, celebrated by both Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan in song. Wesley Crusher is a character from Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Wesley Wyndam-Pryce appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and, more prominently, in Angel.

Popularity of name Wesley over time

There are 218516 people in the U.S. with the first name Wesley, this name was mostly popular in 1977 with popularity 4305 .

Wesley is used for both genders.

98.84 percent of people with the first name Wesley are man

1.16 percent of people with the first name Wesley are woman

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