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Gender: M Meaning of Wesley: "western meadow" Origin of Wesley: English Wesley's Popularity in 2016: #117

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 120 -- 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.

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

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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