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Origin: Kenya
Region Origin: Eastern Africa

Stanley is a toponymic name derived from the Old English words "stan," which means "stone," and "leah," which means "woodland" or "clearing". It is a habitational name of British origin and is primarily used as a given name for boys, meaning "stony field". The name has been popular in England, particularly among people from Derbyshire, County Durham, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire, Wiltshire, and West Yorkshire. It later spread across Europe, with variations such as Stanislawski in Poland and Anastasiou in Greek. In the United States, the name gained popularity in the early 20th century but declined in the late 20th century. The origin of the name Stanley can be traced back to England, where it was first used as a surname. The name has also been established in Ireland since the 13th century, where it was Gaelicized as de Stainléigh. Some famous people named Stanley include film director Stanley Kubrick and American football player Dimitrious Stanley, among others.

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