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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.

For more information, see also related girl names Ainsley, Ashlynn, Ashton, Chesleigh, Raleigh and Whitley.

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ashley name in U.S.

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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ainsley, Ashely, Ashlee, Ashleigh, Ashley, Ashli, Ashlie, Ashly, Ashlynn, Ashton in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lee, Whitley in U.S.

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