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Meaning and Name Origin

Ashton \a-sh-ton\ as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Ashton) is pronounced ASH-ten. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Ashton is "ash tree town". Surname used as a given name. Occurs occasionally as a boys' name in England from the 1600s, but now it is used mainly for girls, perhaps due to the vogue for Ashley. Choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton; museum executive Ashton Hawkins; actor Ashton Kutcher.


Ashton has 6 variants: Ash, Ashford, Ashtin, Ashtun, Assheton and Aston.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Ashby.

Ashton has 15 more related forms via Ashley: Asheley, Ashelie, Ashely, Ashlan, Ashleigh, Ashlen, Ashli, Ashlie, Ashlin, Ashling, Ashlinn, Ashly, Ashlyn, Ashlynn and Lee.


Ashton is an unusual first name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#2432 out of 88799, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Ashton for boys. Ashton was first listed in 1980-1989 and reached its apex rank of #76 in the U.S. in 2004, and is at #143 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ashton and associated names. Popular alternative forms of Ashton (#143 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000 are Ashley and Lee (#701 the previous year). Adoption of these boy names was at its peak during 1980-1989 and is now much lower, with the forms Ashley and Lee becoming less trendy. Ashton (#143) is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ashley, Ashton, Lee in U.S.

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

Similar Names

A recommended similar baby name is Acton. Like Ashton, this name is not frequently used.