Meaning and name origin
Ashley \a-sh-ley\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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).
For more information, see also the related boy name Ashton.
Ashley is a very popular first name for males (#584 out of 1220, Top 48%) 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 boys. Ashley reached its highest rank of #365 in the U.S. in 1980-1989. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ashley and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ashton (#143), Lee (#701) and Ashley. (2014 statistics).