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Gender: Male Meaning of Wesley: "western meadow" Origin of Wesley: English Wesley's Popularity in 2017: #111

The name Wesley is a boy's name of English origin meaning "western meadow". Wesley is ranked #111 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Wesley

Wesley Kanne Clark, U.S. Army general
Wesley Trent Snipes, American actor
Wesley Cook "Wes" Bentley, American actor
Wesley Wales "Wes" Anderson, American screenwriter and director
Wesley Carter "Wes" Welker, American NFL football player
Wesley Earl "Wes" Craven, American film director
Wesley "Wes" Studi, American actor
John Wesley "Wes" Chatham, American actor
Wesley Woodyard, American NFL football player
Wesley Sneijder, Dutch footballer
Wesley Stromberg, musician of American band Emblem3
Wesley Chapman, son of reality TV personality Dog the Bounty Hunter
Wesley Burrowes, Irish playwright and screenwriter
Wesley Moodie, South African tennis player
Wesley Merritt, U.S. Civil War general
Wesley Barbasa So, Filipino-American chess champion
Wesley "Wes" Chan, American YouTube filmmaker of Wong Fu Productions
Wesley Jonathan, American actor
John and Charles Wesley, founders of the Methodist Church
Wesley Alan "Wes" Johnson, personality on YouTube channel "Smosh Games"
Wesley Taylor, musical theatre actor
Wesley Phillip Dirks (b. 2018), son of American professional surfer Bethany Hamilton, brother to Tobias
Wesley James Fulmer, (b. 2018) Son of Ned Fulmer of BuzzFeed's "try guys" and wife Ariel Fulmer
Weslie Renae, daughter of dancers Allison Holker and Stephen "tWitch" Boss

Pop Culture References for the name Wesley

Wesley Crusher, character on TV's "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"
Wesley Owens, character from "Mr. Belvedere"
Wesley Rush, from "The DUFF"
Westley, character from "The Princess Bride"
Dr. Wesley "Wes" Maxfield, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Wesley Stringer, character from "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"

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Archer27 Says:


This is another name that seems to be really fresh and cool in the US right now, but where I come from Wesley is probably over 45, goes by Wez, drinks too much and is friends with your dad. It's the same with Gavin or Graham - to me, these names are on par with Steve or Gary, but they seem to be taking off in the US. No hate intended or anything though, I just find it interesting the different connotations names have in different places.

Eliane Says:


As a biiiig Wes Anderson fan, who was born Wesley Wales Anderson, I love both Wes and Wesley!

paulapuddephatt Says:


Me too

paulapuddephatt Says:


Lesley is the female spelling and Leslie the male, at least here in the UK. Leslie has occasionally been used for girls. I didn't know it was connected to Wesley. I think Leslie was just another surname that got used as a first.

paulapuddephatt Says:


It's an attractive name. It reminds me of the many John Wesley prayers we recited at primary school - well, mainly two, the same two...! But I like the name and association. Wes is a good nickname.

Wesley Says:


Well that makes sense. I never looked it up, just had some classes growing up with two girls named Lesley. I'm from the US and from i can tell the use of it for males is mainly in the UK. Somewhere i've never been so i honestly had no idea it was also used for males. (My name is Wesley so that is why i was looking at all this.)

alliebelle Says:


Actually, Lesley/Leslie is a surname that used to be used almost exclusively for boys, although it's leaning female at the moment. As far as I know it has no relation to Wesley other than a similar sound. The similarity does make it easier to picture Wesley on a girl, though. :)

Wesley Says:


The female variation is Lesley

alliebelle Says:


Does anyone else think Wesley has potential as a girl's name? I personally don't like the thought but it reminds me a lot of Ashley, Bailey, Waverly, etc... Probably not too long before some celebrity names their daughter Wesley and all the other parents follow in their footsteps.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Stylistically, this name is right up my alley, yet I just can't bring myself to genuinely love it. The first Wesley I ever knew was a dog, so that may be it. Maybe Wesley will grow on me more, but for now, I prefer Weston.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Wesley will, to me, forever sound heroic and dashing, yet realistic at the same time, probably due to Westley from The Princess Bride, and Wesley Wyndham-Price from Angel. The only problem with it is I can't decide if I like WESS-lee or WEZZ-lee better.

ourworld_owgodsflameman Says:


😮 this is my name I can't believe is on here

Psychokitty Says:


Wesley is a great and manly name.

Zuzana Says:


I love Wesley and Wes more than Westley

kpearl8 Says:


My brother's name, and he's a III. I've always loved it so I'm kinda sad it seems to be getting more popular lately... :(

headintheclouds Says:


Wesley is one of the very cowboy-flavored names I actually really like. Wes is a cool breezy nickname. I do prefer Westley, as it reminds me of The Princess Bride, but Wesley is nice.