- A habitational surname from Old English.
- A male given name transferred from the surname. Popular in early 20th century.
- Any of several places, outside England named for persons with the surname:
- A town, the capital of the Falkland Islands, also known as Port Stanley.
- A small town in north-west Tasmania, Australia.
- A small town near Beechworth, Victoria, Australia.
- A ghost town in the Cariboo region, British Columbia, Canada.
- A village in York County, New Brunswick, Canada.
- A neighbourhood near the centre of Alexandria, Egypt.
- A coastal town in Hong Kong, also known as Chek Chue.
- A number of places in the United Kingdom:
- A village in Derbyshire, England.
- A former coal town and civil parish in County Durham, England (OS grid ref NZ1953).
- A small village in the Staffordshire Moorlands district, Staffordshire, England.
- A village in the Metropolitan Borough of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England.
- A hamlet in the village of Bremhill, Wiltshire, England.
- A village north of Perth in Perth and Kinross council area, Scotland (OS grid ref NO1033).
- A number of places in the United States:
- An unincorporated community in Napa County, California.
- The former name of an unincorporated community in Fresno County, California, now Turk.
- A tiny town in Custer County, Idaho.
- An unincorporated community in Hart Township, Warrick County, Indiana.
- A tiny city in Buchanan County and Fayette County, Iowa.
- A neighborhood of Overland Park, Kansas; suburb of Kansas City.
- An unincorporated community in Daviess County, Kentucky.
- A village in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana.
- An unincorporated community in Santa Fe County, New Mexico.
- A hamlet in the town of Seneca, Ontario County, New York.
- A town in Gaston County, North Carolina.
- A small city, the county seat of Mountrail County, North Dakota.
- A town in Page County, Virginia.
- A small city in Chippewa County and Clark County, Wisconsin.
- A town in Barron County, Wisconsin.
- c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [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?