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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. A male given name transferred from the surname. Popular in early 20th century.
  3. Any of several places, outside England named for persons with the surname, but especially Port Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands
    1. a city in and the county seat of Mountrail County, North Dakota, USA.


  • 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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