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 (#852 out of 150436, 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 (usage of 0.4552%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.188%, down 58.7%), with forms like Ashlee, Ashleigh, Ashly, Ashlie and Ashely 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)