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.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Ashby.
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)
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)
A recommended similar baby name is Acton. Like Ashton, this name is not frequently used.