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Meaning and Name Origin

Ainsley \a(i)-ns-ley, ain-sley\ as a boys' name (also used more regularly as girls' name Ainsley) is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Ainsley is "only hermitage wood or clearing". Originally a place name: either Annesley or Ansley. Also transferred use of the Scottish surname Ainslie, which is borne by a powerful family long established in Scotland. The name is used for both sexes.


Ainsley has 7 variants: Ainslee, Ainsleigh, Ainslie, Ansley, Aynslee, Aynsley and Aynslie.

Ainsley has 9 more alternative forms via Ainslie, Ansley: Ainslea, Ainsly, Annslea, Annsleigh, Annsley, Anslea, Ansleigh, Anslie and Ansly.

Ainsley has 1 feminine form: Ansley.


Ainsley is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#26885 out of 88799, Top 30%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Ainsley for boys. Ainsley has yet to be recorded in the Top 1000 so far. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

A suggested similar baby name is Kinsley. Like Ainsley, this name is not commonly used.