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What does Ashley mean?

Ashley Pronunciation of Ashley [ash-ley] as a boys' name (also used more widely as girls' name Ashley) is pronounced ASH-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Ashley is "ash meadow". Surname and place name. As a given name, Ashley is now used mostly for girls. First recorded as a given name in the 16th century, but its wider use was probably inspired by the Earl of Shaftesbury, Anthony Ashley Cooper in the early 19th century, who was a noted humanitarian who inspired much of the legislation designed to improve conditions among working classes. Literary: Ashley Wilkes is the man long loved by Scarlett O'Hara in Margaret Mitchell's novel "Gone With the Wind". Ashley is also an English saint's name (17th century).

Associated with: old english, ash (tree), meadow, surname, 16th century, earl (noble), 19th century, saint, 17th century.


Ashley has 16 variants: Ash, Asheley, Ashelie, Ashely, Ashlan, Ashleigh, Ashlen, Ashli, Ashlie, Ashlin, Ashling, Ashlinn, Ashly, Ashlyn, Ashlynn and Lee.

Affiliated boy name: Ashton.

6 feminine forms: Ainsley, Ashlynn, Ashton, Chesleigh, Raleigh and Whitley.

Creative forms:
(male) Ashel, Ashney, ..

(female) Ashali, Ashel, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ashley Athan (A.A.), ..

How popular is Ashley?

Ashley is a very prominent first name for males (#584 out of 1220, Top 48%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#852 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Ashley reached its highest rank of #357 in the U.S. in the 1980s, but is not in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ashley name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Ashley are Ash (#1614 in 2015), Ashton (#141) and Lee (#679). Usage of these relations of Ashley was more pronounced during the years 1890-1899 (median #984) and has become much diminished since (#1108, 54%), with forms such as Lee becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ashley, Ash, Ashton, Lee in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Abbey, Abey, Able, Absolem, Acey, Achmed, Acklea, Ackley, Adler, Adley, Ahmed, Alek, Alen, Alexy, Alfey, Algey, Alley, Alleyn, Alvy, Anslea, Ansley, Ansly, Ardley, Ardly, Arlea, Arlen, Arley, Arrlen, Asael, Asahel, Asayel, Ashbel, Ashbey, Ashby, Ashe, Asher, Ashraf, Ashtin, Asiel, Askel, Aspen, Atlee, Atley, Attlee, Attley, Aubrey, Audley, Aynsley, Bailey, Baxley, Bayley, Birley, Bryley (see Briley), Cailey, Caley, Curley, Dahey, Dailey, Denley, Finley, Hadley, Hailey, Harley, Hurley, Huxley, Juley, Kealey, Lesley, Olley, Redley, Risley, Rutley, Sealey, Wesley and Yarley. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ashley.

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