What does Stanley mean?

Definitions for Stanley
ˈstæn listan·ley

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Stanley, Francis Edgar Stanleynoun

    United States inventor who built a steam-powered automobile (1849-1918)

  2. Stanley, Henry M. Stanley, Sir Henry Morton Stanley, John Rowlandsnoun

    Welsh journalist and explorer who led an expedition to Africa in search of David Livingstone and found him in Tanzania in 1871; he and Livingstone together tried to find the source of the Nile River (1841-1904)


  1. Stanleynoun

    Any of several places, outside England named for persons with the surname.

  2. Stanleynoun

    transferred from the surname. Popular in early 20th century.

  3. Etymology: From places in England, stan + leah.


  1. stanley

    Stanley is typically a given name for males, primarily used in English-speaking countries. It is derived from the Old English elements "stan", meaning stone, and "leah", meaning woodland or clearing. It can also refer to Stanley Black & Decker, a popular brand of tools, or various other businesses, places, or things named Stanley. The definition of Stanley depends greatly on the context in which it's used.


  1. Stanley

    Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Islands. It is located on the island of East Falkland, on a north-facing slope in one of the wettest parts of the islands. At the 2006 census, the town had a population of 2,115. Stanley is represented by five members of the Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands, currently Jan Cheek, Barry Elsby, Dick Sawle, Gavin Short and Mike Summers.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stanley is ranked #321 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Stanley surname appeared 96,867 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 33 would have the surname Stanley.

    78.7% or 76,322 total occurrences were White.
    15.1% or 14,627 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 2,199 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 1,889 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 1,124 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.7% or 717 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Stanley in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Stanley in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Stanley in a Sentence

  1. Jim Calhoun:

    ' Sticks' just couldn't ever get the break Stanley Robinson needed, but no matter what happened, Stanley Robinson always had a smile on Stanley Robinson face.

  2. Tampa Bay:

    You're always dreaming about playing for the Stanley Cup, when you're on the street, playing in the driveway and all that stuff, do you think Stanley Cup's going to be a reality ? Stanley Cup seems pretty far away when you're that young, coming out of St. Louis. But with a lot of help and hard work, we're here.

  3. Hugh Tallents:

    I can see them getting bought out or taken private, but they wouldn't be interesting to big banks, Schwab or Morgan Stanley. A wild card could be PayPal.

  4. Brian Kleinhanzl:

    After strong results from peers yesterday, Morgan Stanley's quarter appears weak, and we expect shares to underperform.

  5. Alex Ovechkin:

    Get some beers, get some whatever and start celebrating, we are Stanley Cup champions. Washington Capitals baby!

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