What does Ashley mean?
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).
Affiliated boy name: Ashton.more]
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)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Ashley for boys. Ashley reached its highest rank of #365 in the U.S. in the 1980s, but is not in the list currently. (Top 1000 Names, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Ashley and corresponding names. Prominent varying forms of Ashley are Ashton (#143 in 2014) and Lee (#701). Adoption of these relations of Ashley was more pronounced during the years 1980-1989 (median #365) and is somewhat less today (#614, ▼39%), with forms such as Lee becoming less fashionable. Ashton is the most contemporarily stylish baby name in this list.
Thinking of names?
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