Wesley: baby boy name meaning and popularity


A surname derived from an Old English place name meaning “western meadow.” It was used almost exclusively as a last name until a dude named John Wesley founded the Methodist church, and parents started naming their sons in tribute. But feel free to use it whether you’re Methodist or not — everybody does these days.


Wes (uh, see above).

Famous people named Wesley:

Film directors Wes Anderson and Wes Craven; actors Wesley Snipes and Wes Bentley; U.S. Army General Wesley Clark.

Fun fact:

The name is virtually synonymous with Cary Elwes’ swoon-worthy character in The Princess Bride, Westley-with-a-t. As you wish!

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