What does Ashley mean?
Ashley \a-sh-ley\ as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Ashley) is pronounced ASH-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Ashley is "ash meadow". English surname and place name first used as a given name in the 16th century. Also the name of an English saint. Literary: there is a character Ashley Wilkes in Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind". Also given exposure through TV via Ashley Olsen in "Full House". Actress Ashley Judd.
Ashley▲ has 22 variants: Ainslaeigh, Ashalee, Ashalei, Ashelei, Asheleigh, Asheley, Ashely▼, Ashla, Ashlan, Ashlay, Ashle, Ashlea, Ashleah, Ashlee▼, Ashlei, Ashleigh▼, Ashlen, Ashli▼, Ashlie▼, Ashly▼, Ashlye and Lee▼.
Ashley has 1 masculine form: Ashton.
Ashley is a very popular first name for females (#63 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#725 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Ashley for girls. Ashley entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its top position of #1 in the U.S. in the year 1992, and is currently at #87. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the girl name Ashley and related names. Prominent alternative forms of Ashley (#87 in 2014) are Ashlynn (#323 in 2014), Ainsley (#334), Ashton, Whitley, Lee, Ashly, Ashli, Ashely, Ashlee, Ashleigh and Ashlie. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity in the year 1990 and are now much less widespread, with forms like Ashlee, Ashleigh, Ashly, Lee and Whitley becoming somewhat outmoded. Ainsley (#334), Ashlynn (#323) and Ashley (#87) are three of the more contemporarily stylish birth names in this list. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)