What does Ashley mean?
Ashley [ash-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▼.
1 masculine form: Ashton.Creative forms:
(female) Aphley, Ashali, ..
(male) Ashel, Ashney, .. Middle name pairings:
Ashley Ciara (A.C.), ..
How popular is Ashley?
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. Demographics)
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 #85. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Ashley (#85 in 2015) are Ainsley (#339 in 2015), Ashlynn (#375), Whitley (#1142), Ashton (#1273), Raleigh (#1479), Ashleigh (#1823), Ashly (#1830), Ashlee (#1922), Lee, Ashli, Ashely, Ashlea, Ashlei and Ashlie. These forms of Ashley were popular as birth names 24 years ago (adoption of 3.34%) and are now much less conventional (adoption 0.39%, ▼88%), with forms like Ashlie becoming somewhat outmoded. Ashley is more ubiquitous than the rest, although Ainsley seems to be gaining popularity too.
Similar NamesRecommended names are Addey, Adele▼, Adley▲, Ailey, Airlea, Alex, Aley, Alfy (see Alfreda), Alles, Alley, Allfy, Alvy, Amalee, Amalfey, Amaly, Analee, Anglea, Ansley▲, Arlen, Arlet, Arley, Arly, Asela, Asha, Ashbea (see Ashby), Ashby, Asheera, Ashia, Ashira, Ashleen, Ashlin, Ashlyn, Ashten, Aspen▲, Astrea, Athie, Aynsley, Azalea▲, Bryley (see Briley), Calley, Carley▼, Corley, Emiley, Haeley, Haley▼, Halley, Harley▲, Joley, Jooley, Juley, Kahley, Kailey, Kaley▼, Kalley, Karley, Kayley▼, Kealey, Keeley, Keyley, Khloey, Lesley▼, Lilley, Molley, Nelley, Perley, Polley, Raley, Rawley, Riley▲, Rosaley, Ryley, Salley, Talley, Tilley and Ursley. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ashley.See names in meaning and etymology.