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From places in England, Old English stān (stone) + lēah (meadow).

  • The given name has also been used as a anglicisation of Stanisław, Stanislav and related names.


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A habitational surname​.
  2. Any of several places, outside England named for persons with the surname, but especially Port Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname. Popular in early 20th century.


  • 1593 William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act IV, Scene IV
    Go then and muster men: but leave behind
    Your son George Stanley: look your heart be firm
    Or else his head's assurance is but frail.
  • 1990 Ed McBain, Vespers, W.Morrow, →ISBN, page 61
    The man was named Stanley. This was his real name; who on earth would want to change his name to Stanley unless he planned on becoming a dentist?

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