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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Stanley
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Stanley in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Stanley:
Records indicate that 296,716 boys in the United States have been named Stanley since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1954, when 6,429 people in the U.S. were given the name Stanley. Those people are now 66 years old.
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Comments about the name Stanley
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7 Positive Comments
"Great name! The best Spongebob character is Stanley and he only been on Stanley S. Squarepants. Great name!" Dec. 25, 2019:
"everybody spells my name wrong so i have to tell them how. i pronce it stan.lee." Jul. 7, 2018:
"Stanley is a cool, polished, stoic, and great traditional name. It is under the radar and works great for all ages from baby to teen and adulthood. Love it!" Jul. 14, 2014:
"My four year old is stanley/stan. named for the only reason that I have always associated the name to men that are true gents, a person you can rely on, who has a good heart, with a cheeky naughty side. When asked his name it is usually met with 'love that, how cool!!' xx" Jun. 28, 2010:
"My fathers name is Stanley and so is mine.
I have only met two other people besides my father with the same name, in my fourty three years I have lived. I like My name.
I am called Stan most of the time." Jan. 24, 2010:
"My son is Stanley after his grandfather. People call him Stan the Man and he is. I think it will be nice for him to have a more unique name as he grows up, even if it seems old fashioned." May. 7, 2008:
"I like this name. If I have a son, this is what I'll name him. And if people call him Stan the Man, I don't mind." Dec. 20, 2005:
8 Neutral Comments
"I married Ernest Stanley in 1973, everyone calls him Stan or Stanley. I really like the name and now wish I had given it as a second name to one of my 2 sons.
My Stan is a real gent, slightly old fashioned but a great sense of humour." Jan. 9, 2012:
"Stanley Holloway (b. 1 October 1890 - d. 30 January 1982) was a well-known English comedian. He was named after the explorer (Sir) Henry Morton Stanley, who died in 1904 aged 63. The name was a popular one back then but is not often heard nowadays." Jun. 5, 2008:
"Sounds ultra-fresh when applied to a young girl, but I think that as a boy's name it's still on the hopelessly outdated side. Other names which I think are terminally outdated for boys but ultramodern for girls include Stuart, Seymour, Barry, Gary, Murray, Ira, and Sydney (the last of these already catching on as a girl's name)." May. 17, 2008:
"Believe it or not, but Barack Obama's mother was called Stanley (although she was known by her middle name of 'Ann'). She was named after her father, Stanley Armour Dunham, Obama's grandfather, and all because Mr Dunham had actually wanted a son." Apr. 14, 2008:
"Is unfortunately now out of date for a boy as it tends to be associated with an old grandfather who hobbles around with a walking stick. However, I do think it sounds cool and innovative should one name a daughter Stanley - after all, it happened with Shirley in the 19th and 20th centuries and Shirley the girl's name (think Shirley Temple) even surpassed the male name Shirley which was never at all common and is now obsolete." Feb. 12, 2008:
"I usually associate this name with Stan Ogden in Coronation Street, in the 1970s and 80s episodes. There is also the character Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire who was a true he-man, while other Stanleys such as Stanley Ipkiss in The Mask (as in both the 1994 film and the cartoon television series) turn out to be meek characters - that is unless Mr Ipkiss puts on an ancient mask and turns into a green-faced being who can do...well, almost anything really." Jan. 16, 2008:
"my grandfather and father are both Stanley's. i didn't care for it school but now i like being the only Stan in my area. it makes it easy for people to remember me." Jul. 12, 2007:
"I was named after Stan "the Man" Musial although my name is Stanley. The meaning is "stoney meadow". Some might scoff at that, but it brings to mind a very peaceful picture." Oct. 9, 2006:
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