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Gender: M Meaning of Wesley: "western meadow" Origin of Wesley: English Wesley's Popularity in 2013: #139

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Wesley is one of a group of W-starting surname names reminiscent of the Old West that are making a comeback, now in the Top 140--though 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.

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Famous People Named Wesley

Wesley Snipes, American actor
Wesley "Wes" Bentley, American actor
Wesley "Wes" Anderson, American writer and director
Wesley "Wes" Welker, American football player
Wesley Woodyard, American football player
Wesley Stromberg, 1/3 of American band Emblem3
Wesley Chapman, Dog the Bounty Hunter's Son
Wesley "Wes" Chan of Youtube film making group Wong Fu Productions
Paul Wesley, American/Polish Actor
Wesley Jonathan, American actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Wesley

Wesley Crusher (character from Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Wesley Pegden (character from Last of the Summer Wine)
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (character from the American TV series 'Angel')
Wesley Gibson (character from the movie 'Wanted')
Wesley Snipes- Liz Lemon love interest on 30 Rock
Wesley Hodges, character from American TV show "The Torkelsons"
Wesley, character in Mew Mew Power
Westley (character from The Princess Bride)

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