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Wesley, a version of "Wesleydale", is a name with an Anglo-Norman etymology. The "wes" portion of the name refers to the Western cardinal direction, while the word "lea" refers to a field, pasture, or other clearing in a forest.[1] Thus, the name's origin refers to a "western lea," or a field to the west.[2]

The name was predominantly used as a surname until John Wesley, founder of the Methodist church, inspired some parents to name their sons after him while also retaining the parents' own surname.


Given name[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Westley, from The Princess Bride, a 1987 American Film
  • Wesley Crusher, from Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Wesley "Wes" Collins, from Power Rangers Time Force
  • Wesley Pegden, from Last of the Summer Wine
  • Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, from the television series Angel, originally introduced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Wesley Konin, from the Polish novel Endrju

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