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.Kreatif forms:
(male) Ashel, Ashney, ..
(female) Ashali, Ashel, ..
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 #357 in the U.S. in the 1980s, but is not in the list currently. (Top 2000 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 1890-1899 (median #646) and has become much diminished since (#948, ▼58%), with forms such as Lee becoming less fashionable.
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.