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Gender: M Meaning of Stanley: "near the stony clearing" Origin of Stanley: English Stanley's Popularity in 2013: #679

Although Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire personified brute force, most Stanleys have been portrayed as meek milquetoasts. Could be a Sydney-like girls' choice.-Bette Davis once played a character named Stanley--or possibly could be revived down the line a la Walter and Arthur.

Stanley came to popularity initially via the explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley, who made historic contact with Dr. Livingston ('I presume?') in Africa in 1871. Noted US namesakes include movie directors Stanley Kramer and Stanley Kubrick and actor Stanley Tucci.

Stanley had a long run in the Top 100--from 1890 to 1959, but is no longer even in the Top 500.

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Famous People Named Stanley

Stanley Tucci (American actor)
Stanley Laurel, English comedian and actor, one half of comedy duo Laurel and Hardy
Stanley "Stan" Frank Musial, one of the greatest hitters in baseball history
Stanley Gavin (b. 2011), son of Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong
Stanley Milgram, renowed American social psychologist
Stanley Weber, French actor
Wendell Meredith Stanley, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Stanley Cohen, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Stanley B. Prusiner, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Pop Culture References for the Name Stanley

"Stanley," the animated kids TV series that aired on Playhouse Disney
Stanley Hudson, character on the American TV series "The Office"
Stanley, baby on TV series "Cougar Town"
Stanley Yelnats, main character in Holes, portrayed by Shia LeBeouf
The Stanley Cup, championship trophy of The National Hockey League
Stanley "Stan" Marsh, from the animated series "South Park"
"Flat Stanley," children's book by Jeff Brown
Stanley 'Stan' Shunpike, character from the Harry Potter series
Stanly Pines - From the massively know Gravity Falls Fan Theory "Stan's Secret Twin"
The Stanley Parable, video game

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