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What does Ainsley mean?

Ainsley Pronunciation of Ainsley as a girls' name (also used less widely as boys' name Ainsley) is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Ainsley is "only hermitage wood or clearing". Originally a place name: from Annesley or Ansley. Also transferred use of the Scottish surname Ainslie, which is borne by a powerful family long established in Scotland. The name is not as commonly used as the closely-related Ashley.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, wood (tree), surname, powerful


VARIANTS Ainslee, Ainsleigh, Ainslie, Ansley, Aynslee, Aynsley, Aynslie

RELATED FORMS VIA ANSLEY, ASHLEY Annslea, Anslea, Anslie, Asheley




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How popular is Ainsley?

Ainsley is an uncommon first name for women but a very popular surname for all people (#32609 out of 150436, Top 22%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Ainsley was first listed in 1990 and reached its apex rank of #332 in the U.S. in 2013, and is at #399 presently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ainsley name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Ainsley (#399 IN 2018) are Ansley (#791) and Ashley (#129). These forms of Ainsley were at the top of their popularity 27 years ago (USAGE OF 2.3%) and are now much less conventional (USAGE 0.2%, DOWN 91%). Ashley is more familiar than the rest, though Ainsley has become trendy as well, while Ashley used to be popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ainsley, Ansley, Ashley in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Adalley, Adley, Aemiley, Ailee, Ailey, Ailse, Aimey, Aindrea, Aine, Airlea, Aislin, Aislyn, Aley, Alley, Analee, Angle, Anglea, Annalee, Arley, Bentley, Billey, Brinley, Chesley, Cissey, Eiley, Gipsey, Kiley, Kinnsey, Kinsey, Langley, Lesley, Lilley, Lindey, Lindsey, Linsey, Lynley, Lynsey, Nainsey, Nansey, Paisley, Pansey, Riley, Ripley, Sisley, Sissey, Tansey, Tilley and Ursley. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ainsley.

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