|Pronunciation:||WESS-lee or WEZ-lee|
|Related Names:||Weasley, Wes, Wesly, Wess, Wessley, West, Westleigh, Westley, -ley|
ORIGIN AND HISTORY
The name has been used as both a given name and a surname in England and other English-speaking countries for hundreds of years. While it originally referred to a person who lived in the west (western) meadow, it became popular among Methodists starting in the late 18th century, as a tribute to the founding brothers of the Methodist Church, John and Charles Wesley.
According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, the name has consistently been one of the top 200 most popular male names for babies born since 1880. It reached its peak in 1977, when it held the 66th spot. The U.S. Census Bureau gives the first name Wesley a rank of 171 and frequency of 0.104% for males, meaning that about one in a thousand males in America is named Wesley. As a surname, it is less common and holds the rank position of 1,476.
- Wesley College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is the oldest private college in Delaware. It has about 2,400 students and offers various degrees in liberal arts and sciences.
- Wesley, Iowa is a small farming community with less than 500 residents. The motto of the rural community is Quality Life in the Heartland.
- Wesley Hotel is a large, Victorian-style, oceanfront hotel on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. It is located in the Oak Bluffs area and is open from early May until mid October each year.
- Wesley Crusher was a character played by actor Wil Wheaton on the TV series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, in the late 1980s-1990s. During his early appearances, he was a curious kid with impressive family connections.
- Wesley T. Owens was a character played by child actor Brice Beckham on the TV hit sit-com, Mr. Belvedere. The show was on the ABC network from 1985-1990. 
- Wesley Wyndam-Pryce was a character in the long-running, TV hit, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The part, played by actor Alexis Denisof, was recreated in the spin-off series, Angel.
- Wes Anderson, officially Wesley Wales Anderson, is an American director, writer and producer. Born on May 1, 1969 in Houston, Texas, his most acclaimed work so far has been the feature, The Royal Tenenbaums, which earned him a 2001 Academy Award nomination.
- Wesley Clark was born on December 23, 1944 and was a Democratic Party presidential candidate in 2004. A West Point graduate and retired, four-star general in the U.S. Army, he has held positions at many posts. The highly decorated military hero has served around the world in places including Viet Nam, Bosnia and Kosovo.
- John Wesley Hardin was a Texas cowboy who was born in 1853 and is better-known as an outlaw and gunslinger. He hung out in saloons and often got into fights with unsavory characters. After killing several men in several states, he was captured by Texas Rangers, who tracked him down in Florida. Hardin was sentenced to prison in 1878. While incarcerated, he studied law. After he was pardoned in 1894, he was accepted to the Texas bar. He was killed by a hired assassin in 1895.
- Wesley Snipes is an award-winning American actor and movie producer who was born on July 31, 1962. Among the films and TV productions he has appeared or starred in are New Jack City, Demolition Man, Blade, White Men Can't Jump, Mo' Better Blues and Major League. He has had legal difficulties and was sentenced to three years in federal prison for failure to file income tax returns in April 2008.
- Wes Craven is an American writer and film director who started out with the name Wesley Earl Craven on August 2, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio. His genre is horror films, and he has been the creative force behind many scary movies that have become classics. Craven’s biggest hits include A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream (original, 2 and 3) and Wes Craven's New Nightmare.
- Wes Parker was born in Evanston, Illinois on November 13, 1939 with the name of Maurice Wesley Parker. The former Los Angles Dodgers baseball player won the coveted Gold Glove Award for his outstanding work at first base several times. After retiring from baseball, he became a baseball announcer and an actor. Among the TV shows to his credit are The Brady Bunch, Simon and Simon and Police Woman.
- John Wesley was a theologian who was born in England in 1703 and was raised in the Anglican faith. He spent many years at Oxford University, where he became a minister and then later a leader of the then new, Protestant denomination, Methodism. He moved to Savannah, Georgia in 1735, where he spread the word about his faith. He is considered to be one of the founding fathers of the Methodist movement.
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|Meaning||western meadow +|
|Meaningnc||western meadow +|
|Pronunciation||WESS-lee or WEZ-lee +|
|Rank in 2000s||188 +|
|Related||Weasley +, Wes +, Wesly +, Wess +, Wessley +, West +, Westleigh +, Westley +, and -ley +|