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Wesley Name Popularity

How popular is the name Wesley? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Wesley was the 105th most popular boys name, representing 0.2627% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Wesley has been the 162nd most popular boys name, representing 0.1407% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 157 160 0.0454%
1911 131 219 0.0588%
1912 133 453 0.0898%
1913 131 568 0.1002%
1914 128 769 0.1103%
1915 132 972 0.107%
1916 134 1,004 0.1039%
1917 136 1,000 0.1%
1918 136 1,133 0.1056%
1919 134 1,082 0.1033%
1920 129 1,229 0.1105%
1921 127 1,317 0.115%
1922 127 1,270 0.114%
1923 124 1,357 0.1212%
1924 131 1,334 0.1149%
1925 135 1,256 0.1111%
1926 131 1,302 0.1184%
1927 134 1,302 0.1176%
1928 143 1,165 0.1089%
1929 142 1,165 0.1125%
1930 142 1,173 0.1123%
1931 143 1,094 0.1108%
1932 144 1,113 0.1127%
1933 147 1,016 0.1091%
1934 141 1,100 0.1138%
1935 148 1,025 0.1055%
1936 146 1,037 0.1077%
1937 143 1,055 0.1071%
1938 150 1,058 0.1033%
1939 145 1,096 0.1077%
1940 152 1,102 0.1037%
1941 158 1,070 0.0951%
1942 153 1,241 0.0983%
1943 155 1,256 0.0962%
1944 159 1,158 0.0934%
1945 162 1,087 0.0891%
1946 167 1,240 0.084%
1947 162 1,446 0.0866%
1948 168 1,330 0.0833%
1949 166 1,399 0.087%
1950 164 1,514 0.094%
1951 170 1,483 0.0875%
1952 166 1,576 0.0903%
1953 160 1,719 0.0971%
1954 154 1,826 0.0999%
1955 150 1,916 0.1042%
1956 155 1,997 0.1057%
1957 160 1,978 0.1028%
1958 160 1,943 0.1028%
1959 159 1,998 0.1052%
1960 164 2,008 0.106%
1961 163 1,995 0.1057%
1962 161 1,951 0.1063%
1963 156 2,081 0.1159%
1964 162 1,961 0.1114%
1965 160 1,855 0.1134%
1966 157 1,794 0.1149%
1967 167 1,569 0.1034%
1968 165 1,632 0.1087%
1969 157 1,835 0.1191%
1970 152 2,061 0.1295%
1971 151 1,947 0.1296%
1972 152 1,676 0.1231%
1973 158 1,542 0.1189%
1974 164 1,443 0.111%
1975 156 1,519 0.1182%
1976 119 2,142 0.1662%
1977 66 4,302 0.3192%
1978 83 3,304 0.2458%
1979 90 3,227 0.2289%
1980 95 3,159 0.2161%
1981 99 3,040 0.2068%
1982 98 3,029 0.2027%
1983 101 2,782 0.1885%
1984 101 2,790 0.1876%
1985 94 3,043 0.2005%
1986 96 3,029 0.2007%
1987 92 3,238 0.2122%
1988 92 3,472 0.2228%
1989 98 3,449 0.2137%
1990 107 3,307 0.1995%
1991 106 3,257 0.1998%
1992 111 3,233 0.2025%
1993 113 3,162 0.2028%
1994 118 3,021 0.1969%
1995 129 2,790 0.1851%
1996 137 2,596 0.1734%
1997 144 2,349 0.1588%
1998 154 2,221 0.1484%
1999 168 2,188 0.1461%
2000 171 2,202 0.1441%
2001 184 2,014 0.1337%
2002 182 2,038 0.136%
2003 183 2,113 0.1389%
2004 184 2,091 0.1372%
2005 187 2,104 0.1376%
2006 190 2,084 0.1331%
2007 195 2,054 0.1302%
2008 193 2,057 0.1331%
2009 176 2,204 0.1475%
2010 159 2,423 0.1681%
2011 155 2,470 0.1734%
2012 155 2,643 0.1855%
2013 139 2,834 0.1991%
2014 130 3,137 0.2153%
2015 125 3,220 0.2213%
2016 117 3,420 0.2372%
2017 111 3,547 0.2542%
2018 105 3,609 0.2627%

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Names Like Wesley

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What names are variants of Wesley?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Wesley.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Wes

Western meadow

English

#997 (0.01%)  
Wesly

Western meadow

English

Wessley

Western meadow

English

Westleigh

Western meadow

English

Westley

Western meadow

English

#748 (0.018%)  

What names sound like Wesley?

If you like how Wesley sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Wesley.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Asael

God has created

Hebrew

#2,074 (0.0011%)  
Asiel

God has created

Hebrew

#2,852 (0.0004%)  
Vasile

Royal, kingly

Greek

Vasily

Royal, kingly

Greek

Wassily

Royal, kingly

Greek


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Siblings of Wesley

Mamas with kids named Wesley also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Garrett

Spear rule

English

#320 (0.0724%)  
Russell

Little red

English

#406 (0.0533%)  
Leah

Weary one

Hebrew

#41 (0.3629%)  
Devin

From dark-haired ones

Irish

#332 (0.07%)  
John David
Alessandra

Defender of man

Italian

#318 (0.0696%)  
Nolan

Child of nobility

Irish

#64 (0.4081%)  
Avi

Father

Hebrew

#3,032 (0.0004%)  
Solomon

Peace

Hebrew

#388 (0.056%)  
Avalyn

Beautiful Bird

English

#843 (0.0178%)  
Pauleen

Small

Latin

Devon

English

#641 (0.0246%)  
Kendra

Greatest champion

Welsh

#471 (0.043%)  

9 Comments

  1. We loved that it was not very common, but also not too crazy or trendy. We also loved that we could shorten it to Wes, which is a nickname that we loved. So many times we liked a name, but didn’t like the nickname so this one was perfect for us!

  2. We named our son wesley after his dad because it’s a strong name with alot of love behind it…

  3. he’s a jr

  4. Wesley is his grandfathers name..

  5. My partner and I love names that mature appropriately with our son, Wes/Wesley is not only a sweet baby name, but Wes is a great mature mans name, the name will grow with him.
    Charles Wesley was his namesake, a personal favorite hymn writer of mine, the name reminds me of my grandparents who sang hymns after dinner, my grandma taught me to play the organ.

  6. I have loved the name Wesley since I was a kid. My boy likes that he can be called Wes or Wesley. We choose the name in part because of Charles and John Wesley who really pioneered a different music style of worship in their day and encouraging a personal relationship with Jesus through prayer. Pretty cool!

  7. My husband chose this one- I prefer Weston. Love the nickname Wes tho.

  8. I chose to use the name Wesley because it’s my grandfathers middle name.

  9. We named Wesley after he was born because we could not decide on a name, so we waited to meet him. The day he was born it was obvious his name should be Wesley because he looks identical to my grandfather who’s name was Wesley.

    I like that Wesley is a family name.

    Wesley has my grandfather’s personality, as well as his face, so it suits him perfectly.


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