Meaning and name origin
Ashley \a-sh-ley\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's 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 variant forms: Ainslaeigh, Ashalee, Ashalei, Ashelei, Asheleigh, Asheley, Ashely, Ashla, Ashlan, Ashlay, Ashle, Ashlea, Ashleah, Ashlee, Ashlei, Ashleigh, Ashlen, Ashli, Ashlie, Ashly, Ashlye and Lee.
There is 1 masculine form of Ashley: Ashton.
Ashley is a very popular first name for females (#63 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#725 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ashley for girls. Ashley reached its highest rank of #1 in the U.S. in 1992. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Ashley and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ashley (#87), Ashlynn (#323), Ainsley (#334), Ashton, Whitley, Lee, Ashlie, Ashely, Ashlee, Ashleigh, Ashli and Ashly. (2014 statistics).