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Origin: Anglo Saxon
Meaning: Man from the West

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Wesley

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Wesley in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Wesley:

  • Records indicate that 195,851 boys in the United States have been named Wesley since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1977, when 4,299 people in the U.S. were given the name Wesley. Those people are now 43 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Wesley

    92% Approval Rating
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      11 Positive Comments

  • "the name Westley is litterally the best. my best friend is named Wesley and he is 😍😍" Jun. 12, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Wesley is my favorite boys name and my first son's name(9/7/1999). He has only met one other Wesley his age(while we were on vacation), which they both thought was cool. He loves that his name is unique, he's a senior and has never had a Wes or Wesley in his class. He really liked Harry Potter growing up and hated being teased as Weasley. Otherwise, he likes to go by Wes. He doesn't mind if people call him wezley, but it drives me nuts and I correct everybody!" Dec. 8, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "His name in Princess Bride was Westley. My son's name is Westley James." Apr. 30, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boy is Wesley James 11/2/2007. I love the PRINCESS BRIDE, and the leading man was Wesley. My cousin said it sounds like a outlaw name and he'll watch his wallet around him. LOL" Apr. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brother is Wesley but always called Wes. Sometimes we call him Weasley but he doesn't like that. People call me Wes too since we look alike. I like the name but it has soft consonants and tricky to enunciate. Be careful using Wes if it's messy saying your last name with it." Nov. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like it because Its my name. I like b people to call me Was thats my nickname. THe only thing is my name is spelled with a T. Its Westley not wesley." May. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandfather thought for years that my name was infact Westley, like the wind, combined with Wesley, how funny. Ive been called 'snipes' after my black brother Wesley Snipes. Wez, is just the easy way to say it. I get Wessley from my mother when of course Im in trouble. Here in Australia, Ive only ever met a hand full of Wesley's which is great, cause there's nothing worse then walking down the street and calling out "Michael" and 8 of 10 males turn around, guaranteed. Anyway, glad to meet you all Wesleys, and the best part about my name is, my surname is Walker, WW....." May. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "People sometimes put a "t" in it and I don't like it." Feb. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am named Wesley and love it - plus it distinguishes me from others at the firm." Nov. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my fiancee's name. I think it's unique, if a bit too American (I am British). He gets sick of people calling him Wesley Snipes though, and tends to shorten it to Wes. Tend to pronounce it Wezley or Wez but his mother still calls him Wesssley :o)" Aug. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name was the only good thing my momma did for me." Dec. 20, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "I hate my full name. I ask everyone that I know (my friends, family, and girlfriend) to call me Wes. If they mean business, like if my girlfriend is mad at me, she'll call me Wesley." Mar. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      3 Neutral Comments

  • "I love my name It's spelled Weslee.ILike it because it's the only one That is spelled that way so that makes me double unique" Oct. 30, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brothers name is Wesley. Whats funny about his name is many people call him Westley and spell it WESTLEY. But it's really spelled WESLEY." Nov. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Wesley Kye,he was born Dec 2005. I think it is a great name because it isnt as common now as it used to be & I wanted him to be the only wesley in his class,And he can shorten it when he gets older to Wes & its kind-of a jock name. We live in a small town & as far as I know there wont be any wesleys in his class but there will be a weston. I dont guess thats too close to wesley" Nov. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

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