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What does Ainsley mean?

Ainsley Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: old english, wood (tree), surname, powerful.


Ainsley has 7 variants: Ainslee, Ainsleigh, Ainslie, Ansley, Aynslee, Aynsley and Aynslie.

4 more related forms via Ansley, Ashley: Annslea, Anslea, Anslie and Asheley.

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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ainsley name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ainsley outside U.S.

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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ainsley, Ansley, Ashley in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ashley outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested 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.

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