What does Ainsley mean?
Ainsley [ains-ley] as a girls' name (also used less widely as boys' name Ainsley) is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Ainsley is "only hermitage wood or clearing". Originally a place name: from Annesley or Ansley. Also transferred use of the Scottish surname Ainslie, which is borne by a powerful family long established in Scotland. The name is not as commonly used as the closely-related Ashley.
1 masculine form: Ansley.Creative forms:
(female) Ainslia, Nisley, ..
(male) Ainsael, Ainsal, .. Middle name pairings:
Ainsley Emoni (A.E.), ..
How popular is Ainsley?
Ainsley is an uncommon first name for women but a very popular surname for all people (#32609 out of 150436, Top 22%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Ainsley was first listed in 1990 and reached its apex rank of #332 in the U.S. in 2013, and is at #339 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent related forms of Ainsley (#339 in 2015) are Ansley (#620 in 2015) and Ashley (#85). These forms of Ainsley were at the top of their popularity 24 years ago (usage of 3%) and are now much less conventional (usage 0.3%, down 89%). Ashley is more familiar than the rest, though Ainsley has become trendy as well, while Ashley used to be popular.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Adalley, Adley▲, Aemiley, Ailee, Ailey, Ailse, Aimey, Aindrea, Aine, Airlea, Aislin, Aislyn, Aley, Alley, Analee, Angle, Anglea, Annalee▲, Arley, Bentley, Billey, Brinley▲, Chesley, Cissey, Eiley, Gipsey, Kiley▼, Kinnsey, Kinsey, Langley, Lesley▼, Lilley, Lindey, Lindsey▼, Linsey, Lynley, Lynsey, Nainsey, Nansey, Paisley▲, Pansey, Riley▲, Ripley, Sisley, Sissey, Tansey, Tilley and Ursley. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ainsley.See names in meaning and etymology.