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My wife and I recently named our son Wesley, and we love the name. We’ve gotten all positive feedback from friends and strangers, and I think the nickname Wes is a cool, handsome name that will treat him well. Plus, it’s not very common but not unheard of.
Antares980  12/15/2017
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A handsome masculine name which isn't overused, yet not unheard of. Someone said it's redneck? Maybe... hope this name won't be turned into one of those unisex names, many nice names with traditional meanings have become borderline androgynous because of this. I still would want to tell which gender the bearer belongs to when I look at a name, it's in fact quite an essential function of naming, don't you think?
― Anonymous User  1/22/2017
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I'm probably in the minority here but I have never been attracted to this name. I've tried to warm up to it but I just can't. I also don't like "Weston"
I MUCH PREFER JUST WES! (:
― Anonymous User  12/6/2016
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I think this name is great for a boy. I adore the nickname Wes. It just sounds sexy to me.
― Anonymous User  8/22/2016
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The last name of actor Paul Wesley. He plays Stefan Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries.
― Anonymous User  2/12/2016
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Very handsome name. Love it.
abster  10/30/2015
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This is my name! I love it, and always have. To me it feels strong and powerful, the name of a leader. Just to clarify to some of the people here though, if you like the name Wesley, but not the nickname Wes, that is just too bad. Despite the fact that I write my name Wesley and introduce myself as Wesley, I get called Wes much more often, and that is fine by me.

One thing I love about my name is that I have met less than a dozen other people with it over the course of my 30+ years. There have been a handful of other boys with the name and two girls! I never considered the name for a girl before, but actually it is rather pretty and unusual.

Oh, and The Princess Bride is probably the best movie ever made!
― Anonymous User  10/5/2015
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My name is Wesley (commented above) and I have never heard someone call me "Wez-lee". I have been called Westley or West before, which is rather annoying. There is no T in my name.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2015
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I love this name, and if I ever have a son I might name him Wesley. I've also noticed it can be spelled WESTLEY, and I like both versions.
Milkweeddragon  7/18/2015
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If you've ever heard of Wesley Evans, that's one of the main reasons why I like this name so much.
Milkweeddragon  7/18/2015
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Wesley is a great name that's been pretty steady in popularity over the years. I like that it's not common, but not unheard of. I also like the nickname Wes. If you're debating on whether or not to name your son Wesley, I say go for it!
Oohvintage  5/25/2013
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I really like this name and its nickname Wes. Wish names like this were more common than crap like Ryan and Tyler.
― Anonymous User  1/11/2013
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My son's name is Wesley. I live in the States (Texas to be exact) and I'd say the pronunciation is 50/50 WEZ-lee and WES-lee. I say WES-lee and call him Wes quite often.

I had no idea the WEZ-lee pronunciation was so common when we named him as it's a family name in both mine and my husband's family and we'd only ever heard it said "WES-lee" except maybe on tv.

So, there doesn't even seem to be a regional difference in the pronunciation. Not one that I can find anyway. Everywhere we go it's still about 50/50 of people saying "Wes" or "Wez".
It may partially be a generational thing as it seems that people that are my parents' age or older are more likely to say "Wez-lee" and people around my age or younger tend to say "Wes-ley". If there is a generational difference, at least in the cities I frequently visit in Texas, it is only a slight one.
AniMartin  10/8/2012
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This is my name, Wesley Ember- Marie even though I'm a girl. I was named after my dad and my grandpa. I love my name, I think I'm the only girl with this name since I've only met boys with the name. I would never ever legally change my name, I think its cute on a girl, but handsome on a guy.
I love strange names  9/13/2012
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A very handsome name. When I hear it, I always picture a tall, muscular man with short brown hair and big blue eyes.
the_awesome_elf  3/2/2012
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Wesley "Wes" Scatlin, singer for the band, Puddle of Mudd.
GibsonGirl  9/8/2011
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Since "Wesley" is a character in Star Trek, I cannot bring myself to hate the name (/trekkie).
However... I highly doubt that I would ever dub a child by it. The sound, and how it appears written to the eye, looks incredibly... childish? And perhaps even a bit "made-up." It simply seems like it would be chosen by parents to name their third son, in addition to Waylon and Colton (not my cup of tea).

I will be honest when I say that I find it difficult imagining a successful businessman. Of course, it is not nearly as atrocious as some-- so I will not crush it completely. It has a bit of charm.
Francesca  9/3/2011
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John Wesley's family surname was originally spelled Westley, but his father changed it to Wesley.
Kate  4/17/2011
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Wesley is such a strong and handsome name. I love it.
Chrila96  9/14/2010
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A famous bearer is American actor Wesley "Wes" Bentley (born 4 September 1978). Amongst his notable film credits are "American Beauty", "The Four Feathers", "P2", and "Ghost Rider".
AndrewJKD  7/2/2010
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Wesley Owens was the youngest boy in Mr. Belvedere.
― Anonymous User  5/24/2010
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John Wesley was the founder of the Methodist church and the popularity of the name derives from this -compare Calvin (from John Calvin founder of the Reformed Church) and Luther, founder of the Lutheran church. [noted -ed]
Anton  3/11/2010
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I've been in love with the name since I saw "The Princess Bride" when I was about six years old. My boyfriend's name is Wesley. It was the first time I'd ever heard it except for the movie. I hate the spelling Westley. It looks tacky to me. What I like about the name, is it would fit every stage of life. Adorable for a baby. Cute for a little boy. Sexy, Handsome, Manly. And even an old man named Wesley just seems like he would be a kind and funny grandpa :)) I love this!
― Anonymous User  1/7/2010
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I've loved this name ever since I heard it in "The Princess Bride", one of my favorite movies growing up. Granted, in the movie the character's name is spelled Westley, but I'm not a fan of the 't' in the middle. I much prefer Wesley. WES-lee and WEZ-lee are both good pronunciations, I'm still trying to figure out which one I like better.
erb816  12/15/2009
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John Wesley, known as the founder of the United Methodist church, as well as his brother Charles Wesley, writer of many traditional hymns, were both bearers of this surname.
JoyRitz  11/16/2009
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One of the main character's in Sarah Dessen's novel, "The Truth About Forever", is named Wesley, Wes for short. His real first name was only mentioned once throughout the entire book and his last name, Baker, was randomly said once also.
― Anonymous User  7/16/2009
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Another famous bearer is Wesley "Wes" Ramsey, an actor best known for his performance in the romantic comedy Latter Days and appearances on Charmed.
DestructoGirl  6/27/2009
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The main character's in the movie "Wanted" is Wesley Gibbs. He is played by James McAvoy.
kateab1115  3/27/2009
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I'm an American, and I've only ever heard it pronounced "Wez-Lee."
MoonAgeDaydreamer  2/27/2009
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Most people pronounce it WEZ-ly; only Americans say WESS-ly.
Nick81  9/10/2008
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This name kind of makes me think about rednecks and little boys from the 50s.
slight night shiver  5/13/2008
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The name Wesley gained in popularity as a forename in Britain and Ireland in the early 19th century due to the rising influence of the Methodist preachers John and Charles Wesley. Indeed Charles wrote many popular hymns and carols that are sung tothis day. Today the name is quite popular in the North of England (Yorkshire) and in Northern Ireland.
― Anonymous User  5/6/2008
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A character in Sarah Dessen's book 'The Truth About Forever'.
wolvenkind  3/5/2008
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Wesley "Wes" is Dominique's boyfriend in the YA book "Anatomy of a Boyfriend".
― Anonymous User  2/2/2008
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I love the name Wesley. It's strong, handsome, uncommon but not unheard of. I'm seriously considering it as a middle name.
spaz123  8/27/2007
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Name of famous actor Wesley Snipes.
Theyrjustmean  4/24/2007
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Such a handsome "boy" name. I wouldn't use the nickname Wes though, because it reminds me of a cowboy and country music. And I'm not really into that.
Jasmine  3/25/2007
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Wes King is a Christian music artist.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2006
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Wesley is a great name for a boy. Very handsome and smart sounding.
― Anonymous User  10/9/2006
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This name has really started to grow on me. I love the nickname Wes.
pink_floyd_fan  9/6/2006
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The name 'Wesley' is often also used as an anglicised version of the name Wenceslas.
― Anonymous User  9/3/2006
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Wesley is the lover of Buttercup in the 1987 film 'The Princess Bride.'
― Anonymous User  8/25/2006
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Actually, the hero in The Princess Bride is named Westley, not Wesley.
ZoeAliza  3/21/2008
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Two famous bearers of the surname Wesley were brothers John and Charles Wesley, founders of the Methodist Church.
― Anonymous User  8/25/2006
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Wes Anderson (born Wesley Wales Anderson) is the director of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Rushmore.
Silversliver  6/2/2006
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There is also a character on the show "Angel" named Wesley Wyndham-Price.
libert  4/6/2006
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Director Wes (Wesley) Craven is a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2006
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Wesley was a character on "Star Trek: Next Generation."
breakofday  12/16/2005
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Is also the anglicised version of Wenceslas, which means "great glory" or "more glory".
― Anonymous User  11/24/2005
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Wesley is a very masculine name and very sexy.
hannahclarke  3/7/2005

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