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Ashley (girl)

What does Ashley mean?

Ashley Pronunciation of Ashley as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Ashley) is pronounced ASH-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Ashley is "ash meadow". English surname and place name first used as a given name in the 16th century. Also the name of an English saint. Literary: there is a character Ashley Wilkes in Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind". Also given exposure through TV via Ashley Olsen in "Full House". Actress Ashley Judd.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, ash (tree), meadow, surname, 16th century, saint, literary


VARIANTS Ainslaeigh, Ashalee, Ashalei, Ashelei, Asheleigh, Asheley, Ashely, Ashla, Ashlan, Ashlay, Ashle, Ashlea, Ashleah, Ashlee, Ashlei, Ashleigh, Ashlen, Ashli, Ashlie, Ashly, Ashlye, Lee

SEE ALSO Ainsley, Ashlynn, Ashton, Chesleigh, Raleigh, Whitley




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How popular is Ashley?

Ashley is a very popular first name for females (#63 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#852 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Ashley entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its top position of #1 in the U.S. in the year 1992, and is currently at #129. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Ashley (#129 IN 2018) are Ainsley (#399), Ashlynn (#567), Whitley (#997), Ashton (#1314), Raleigh (#1476), Ashely, Ashlea, Ashlee, Ashlei, Ashleigh, Ashli, Ashlie, Ashly and Lee. These forms of Ashley were popular as birth names 27 years ago (ADOPTION OF 2.7%) and are now much less conventional (ADOPTION 0.25%, 91%), with forms like Lee becoming somewhat outmoded. Ashley is more ubiquitous than the rest, although Whitley seems to be gaining popularity too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ashley, Ainsley, Ashely, Ashlea, Ashlee in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ashlei, Ashleigh, Ashli, Ashlie, Ashly in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ashlynn, Ashton, Lee, Raleigh, Whitley in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Addey, Adele, Adley, Ailey, Airlea, Alex, Aley, Alfy (see Alfreda), Alles, Alley, Allfy, Alvy, Amalee, Amalfey, Amaly, Analee, Anglea, Ansley, Arlen, Arlet, Arley, Arly, Asela, Asha, Ashbea (see Ashby), Ashby, Asheera, Ashia, Ashira, Ashleen, Ashlin, Ashlyn, Ashten, Aspen, Astrea, Athie, Aynsley, Azalea, Bryley (see Briley), Calley, Carley, Corley, Emiley, Haeley, Haley, Halley, Harley, Joley, Jooley, Juley, Kahley, Kailey, Kaley, Kalley, Karley, Kayley, Kealey, Keeley, Keyley, Khloey, Lesley, Lilley, Molley, Nelley, Perley, Polley, Raley, Rawley, Riley, Rosaley, Ryley, Salley, Talley, Tilley and Ursley. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ashley.

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