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Stanley (m) This common English placename, meaning
a ‘stony meadow,’ became a surname, then a Christian name. The explorer Stanley found Dr Livingstone in 1871, which brought the name very much into the news.
Stanley Baldwin became prime minister much later, but he
received his name in 1867. By 1900 Stanley was a common Christian name throughout Britain, and it remained in fashion for a generation. In Scotland the name was in 43rd position in 1935, but it then faded away.

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