Wesley: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Wesley

Wesley

Pronunciation: WEHS-lee, WEHZ-lee (key)

Origin of the name Wesley:

Transferred use of the surname taken from the place-name Westley which is derived from the Old English elements west (west) and lēah (wood, clearing, meadow). The surname has the definition "dweller near the western wood or clearing." Var: Wesly, Westly, Wezley. Short: Wes.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Wes, Westley

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Comments and insights on the name Wesley: | Edit

Be prepared for people to constantly try and put a 't' in there. No, it's not Westley.

Personal experiences with the name Wesley: | Edit

My husband and I named our first son Wesley. We had three choices: Wesley, Aidan, and Garrett. At his birth, we decided on Wesley and so far, we've received a lot of positive comments. It is uncommon and Wes is a great nickname. It suits him perfectly!

My dad's name is Wesley. I love his name. I like that it is uncommon and that I meet so few people with that name.

My 7 week old son is named Wesley. We call him Wes. I love that his name is easy to spell and pronounce, but pretty uncommon. I didn't want him to have the same name as five other kids in his class! His name is perfect for him, and it goes well with his big sister's name (Vivian). Some people have asked if I got the idea from the character in the Princess Bride, but I've actually loved the name since the character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

I chose this as a middle name for my son, though I love it as a first name too. The name goes very well with Ryan and Kyle. I ended up naming my son "Ryan Wesley".

Nicknames for Wesley: | Edit

Wes

Meanings and history of the name Wesley: | Edit

I've heard that Wesley is an anglicized version of the name "Wenceslas," meaning Great Glory.
Other meanings are: (English) "western meadow" or also "from the Western Meadow"

Famous real-life people named Wesley: | Edit

Wesley Snipes, distinguished actor
John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church
Charles Wesley, great hymnwriter
Wesley "Two Scoops" Berry, contender from the original "American Gladiators."
Wesley "Wes" Craven, film director, best-known for A Nightmare on Elm Street and the Scream series
Wesley "Wes" Anderson, film director, best-known for Fantastic Mr. Fox and Rushmore
Paul Wesley, actor
Wesley "Wes" Welker, wide receiver of the Denver Broncos

Wesley in song, story & screen: | Edit

Wesley, otherwise known as the Man in Black, hero of The Princess Bride (book and movie) - The Princess Bride character is actually WesTley with a T in the middle.
Wesley Dodds, secret identity of the original Sandman in DC comics
Wesley Crusher, from Star Trek
Wesley Gibson, main character in the film "Wanted"
Wesley Pegden, character from 1973 film "Last of the Summer Wine"
Wesley Wyndham-Pryce, character from TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer and "Angel the Series"
"Wesley Why" is a song by Matt Wertz
Wesley Fitzgerald, Brother to Ezra Fitz in "Pretty Little Liars"

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