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Quick Facts on Stanley

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 679
Simple meaning:
Stone clearing

Characteristics of Stanley

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Stanley

Stanley is actually the transferred use of an Olde English surname originating as a place name, most notably Stanley in the counties of Derbyshire, Durham and Gloucester. Such villages took their names from the Olde English elements “stān” (meaning “stone”) and “lēah” (meaning “clearing”) to signify a “stone clearing” where such towns were established. Stanley is one of the oldest surnames in England and one of nobility having been borne by the Earls of Derby starting in the 15th century (thanks to Thomas Stanley, King Henry the VII’s stepfather). Prior to the earldom, Stanley’s father, grandfather, and great-father were barons and Kings of Mann (i.e., the Isle of Man). In other words, the Stanley’s knew how to kiss some English monarch ass and enjoy the spoils of high society. However, the man most responsible for turning the surname Stanley into a forename was Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904), a Welsh-American citizen who was hired to find Dr. David Livingstone, a Scottish explorer and English national hero believed to be lost on the continent of Africa. News of Livingstone’s feared disappearance reached America and Henry Stanley was hired by the New York Herald to go and find him. After an eight month search into the interior of the little known continent, with a battery of men participating in this expedition, Stanley finally found his man in 1871 which was, of course, confirmed by this now famous question: “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” The popularity of Stanley as a forename was largely influenced by Henry Morton Stanley in the 19th century. Not surprisingly Stanley is still a Top 100 boy’s name in England/Wales. In the United States, however, Stanley has become less fashionable today.

Popularity of the Name Stanley

The name Stanley goes back to 1880 on our list (which is as far back as we have available data). In the late 19th century, Stanley was already a solid choice in a name for baby boys. By the turn of the 20th century Stanley was already a Top 100 favorite coming in 77th place in 1900. In fact, Stanley maintained Top 100 status for 70 consecutive years (1890-1959). Pretty impressive!! After the name fell off the Top 100 list, Stanley’s decline from popular usage would be slow and quiet rather than sharp and sudden. The name continues to retreat toward the shadows but he’s been holding on for a remarkable ride so far. Stanley is a name that has already demonstrated some serious staying power and, although no longer stylish today, he’s still a solid choice in a name. We see Stanley as the old guy at the community center Bingo games with Shirley, but old-fashioned names are being revived in some circles – perhaps Stanley hasn’t gotten his number called yet. Not to mention, tough guy Stanley Kowalski from Tennessee William’s play “A Street Car Named Desire” forever leaves us with a lasting impression of the brooding, animalistic Marlon Brando.
Popularity of the Boy Name Stanley
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Stanley

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Stanley

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Stanley

    Stanley Kowalski (A Streetcar Named Desire) Stanley Kowalski is the memorable brute of Tennessee William’s famous 1947 play, A Streetcar Named Desire, and he is inextricably bound up in the persona of Marlon Brando, who played the role both on Broadway and in the 1951 film adaptation. Stanley is a working class Polish-American World War II Army vet with very simple tastes and expectations – he provides a paycheck and his wife sees to his every comfort, starting with sex. He likes to bowl and play poker with the boys. All this is well and good, until his wife’s sister, the fading Southern belle, Blanche Dubois, turns up. Her disdain for his “ape-like” demeanor and manners, and her appeals to her sister to leave him, enrage Stanley. All of his self-protective armor is polished up for battle against a dainty, alcoholic woman who is fast losing her grip on reality. It is not enough that he ferrets out and broadcasts her shameful secrets, not enough that he sabotages her blossoming relationship with one of his friends, not enough that he attacks and rapes her. Ultimately, Stanley is responsible for Blanche’s descent into madness and for her sister’s decision to have her institutionalized. And for his troubles, Stanley keeps his loyal wife, and adds a son to the family unit.

  • Popular Songs on Stanley

    Popular Songs on Stanley

    Mr. Stanley - a song by John Hiatt

    Stanley Here I Am - a song by Airheadz

    Stanley Kubrick - a song by Mogwai

    Stanley Road - a song by Paul Weller

    Wake Up Stanley - a song by Slapstick

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Stanley

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Stanley

    And I Mean It, Stanley (Crosby Bonsall) - A little girl builds a "truly great thing" out of junk. Her friend Stanley is nowhere to be found. But who is Stanley anyway? What a mystery! Until the great thing is almost complete, that is. Then, it's playtime, and there's just no stopping Stanley. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Stanley & Norman: Bad Boy Basset Brothers (Frank Monahan) - A heartwarming story of two Basset Hound brothers whose adventures gently teach lessons about growing up and listening to their parents. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Stanley & Norman: Basset Brothers Backyard Buddies (Frank Monahan) - Stanley & Norman are having trouble making friends. The Sister helps them understand what it takes to make friends with all their backyard buddies. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Stanley (Syd Hoff) - Because Stanley does not act like his fellow cavemen, they chase him away. But then Stanley invents the house and becomes a hero in this thought-provoking, funny story about an early nonconformist. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Stanley and the Class Pet (Barney Saltzberg) - Uh-oh! Stanley learns the hard way not to bow to peer pressure in a gently humorous tale about responsibility — and the value of supportive friends. Finally! It is Stanley’s turn to take the class pet home for the weekend. He can’t wait to show Figgy to his mother and spend some quality time taking care of the bird. But when Figgy flies the coop, Stanley is faced with a very tricky problem. What to do? And whose fault is it, really — his, for agreeing to open Figgy’s cage, which he knew was a bad idea, or Larry Finchfeather’s for suggesting it? In this third story about the lovably earnest Stanley Birdbaum, everyone’s favorite hamster once again finds a way to make things right — with a little help from his friends. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Stanley at Sea (Linda Bailey) - Stanley's thrown his party -- and braved his wild ride. Now Stanley and his pals embark on an adventure that makes sea dogs of them all! It's picnic time in the park -- but not for Stanley. He knows he's not supposed to beg, but his people are always eating. And Stanley is always hungry! After he's told to "get," Stanley wanders down by the river where he runs into Alice, Nutsy and Gassy Jack. Soon their keen noses lead them to a delicious treat on a small boat with no people in sight. When the boat's mooring comes loose, they float away with the current down the river, under a bridge and then out to sea! It's a scary new world where the sky stretches in every direction and big waves crash. The dogs know that when you're Outside, sooner or later you always come to a fence. When suddenly through the mist they see what looks like a very tall fence, they know they've come to the End of Outside! But what kind of fence is this? Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Stanley Finnigan and the Race Around the Universe (Dan Cuoco) - Stanley Finnigan is a normal seventh grade kid in a quiet town. He has to deal with the regular stresses of middle school life, like tests, teachers, and Trevor, the school bully. Stan’s best friends, Richey and Betsy, help him get through the daily grind, but an embarrassing encounter with Trevor in Science class leaves him humiliated. To make matters worse, Bryan, the newest dork in school, is thrown into his group Science project. Everything takes a turn for the strange when a mysterious space ship intercepts the kids on their way home from school. Stan and his friends quickly find themselves attempting to complete a week-long race through the Universe to recover four unique relics. He has to overcome furry birds, space slugs, asteroid fields, and giant robots in this life-or-death mission to return home. Stan and his friends need to learn how to work together in order to survive the seemingly insurmountable odds set before them. Recommended for ages 11-14.

    Stanley's Little Sister (Linda Bailey) - Stanley's home life goes awry when he suddenly finds himself with a new, feline "sister." Making friends with this perplexing creature is not easy. Stanley's big, friendly sniff is met with an abrupt THWACK! from the cat's paw. "ROWP!" yelps Stanley. No fair! Even less fair is the way his people blame him for causing trouble when all he's trying to do is make friends! Is it Stanley's fault the cat doesn't understand dog talk? Given time and a bit of mutual understanding, can peace and purring reign in Stanley's house? Young readers familiar with the "dog's eye view" of Stanley and his world will rejoice at the addition of Fluffy the cat. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Stanley's Party (Linda Bailey) - Stanley's people go out a lot. Stanley is a good dog, but one night, while they're away, the temptation becomes too great and he sneaks up onto the couch. What a wonderful experience! Soon he's also blasting the music, dancing around the living room and raiding the fridge. Stanley's never had so much fun! But after a couple of weeks something is missing, and Stanley realizes that partying alone has lost its thrill. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Stanley's Wild Ride (Linda Bailey) - Stanley's Party may have come to an end ... but our favorite party animal's back and ready to roll! Stanley knows he's not supposed to leave the yard, but he's dog-tired of it. So when he discovers a way out ? he's gone! A few escapes later, five dogs are on the lam. And with Stanley in the lead, they're off to have the kind of fun you can't find in a yard -- chasing tomcats, sampling tasty garbage and soaking fire hydrants. Then, late at night, atop the steepest hill in town, they come upon a mysterious wheeled thing. And before you can say "Hot dog!" Stanley's off on the ride of a lifetime! Recommended for ages 3-6.

    The Flat Stanley Collection Box Set (Jeff Brown) - Stanley Lambchop is an ordinary boy. At least he was, until the night his bulletin board fell off the wall and flattened him. At only half an inch thick, Stanley can slide under doors, mail himself across the country in an envelope, and fly like a kite! And that's only the start of Stanley's adventures. In these four tales, Stanley also becomes invisible and helps nab some bank robbers, journeys to outer space to rescue aliens, and, after being rounded out, turns flat—again! One thing is for sure: There's nothing Stanley Lambchop can't do! Tons more titles in this series! Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Stanley

    Famous People Named Stanley

    Famous People Named Stanley - Stanley Kubrick (film director); Stanley Kirk Burrell (aka MC Hammer, musician); Stanley Tucci (actor); Stanley Matthews (English footballer); Stanley Baldwin (British politician); Stanley Clarke (jazz musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Stanley

    Children of Famous People Named Stanley

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Stanley - Dido (British singer)

  • Historic Figures

    Stanley - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Stanley - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Stanley.

Personality of the Boy Name Stanley

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Stanley

  • No Variations Found.
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