The meaning of the name “Ashley” is: “The grove of ash trees”.
Additional information: The name Ashley comes from an English origin. It was made from putting together the words æsc (ash) and leah (an open field or meadow). The meaning is generally “field of ash trees” or some similar variant. Originally this name was used as a place name and surname only until around the 16th century in England when it was given as a men’s name. It continued as a mostly male first name until the late 1900s when it was sometimes given as a female name in the US and other countries. In England it is still largely a male-only name.
There are many popular variations of the female name Ashley. Many people choose to use an alternate spelling to help differentiate between the male and female versions of the name. Alternate spellings for females include Ashleigh, Ashleen, and Ashlea. Some other popular female and male names were derived from the name Ashley, such as Leigh, Lee, Leah, Ashlyn, Ashlynn, Asher, and Ash. The name is commonly misspelled as Ashly, Ashaly, or Ashleah.
Ashley used as a female name started becoming more common around the 1980s, and that popularity skyrocketed in 1991 when it was the #1 most common baby girl’s name in the US. Since then it has never reached #1 again, but has always been within the top 100 names. Outside of the USA, Ashley as a female name is not as common. 2014 saw the name reach 98th most common in Australia, 87th most common in the USA, and in Canada the similar name variation Leah was the 11th most common.
There was an urban legend that has circulated around the internet twice at different points in time about a missing 13 year old girl name Ashley Flores. She was said to have been from Philadelphia, but the report ended up being an internet hoax and nothing more.
Famous people that share the name include Ashley Olsen, an actress; Ashley Judd, an Actress; Ashley Tisdale, an actress; and Ashley Wagner, a figure skater.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Ashley for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Ashley is a unisex name, used as a boy name and a girl name.
The name Ashley is of English origin, and is used mostly in English speaking countries but also in a few other countries and languages of the world.
If you consider naming your baby Ashley we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Ashley Name Meaning
The meaning of Ashley is “The grove of ash trees”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Ashley and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Ashley and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Ashley is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Ashley Categories
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Popularity of the Name Ashley
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Ashley displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Ashley Boy Name Popularity Chart
Ashley Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
Songs and Videos about the name Ashley:
Some songs that feature the name are Ashley by Marla Sokoloff, Ashley by Escape the Fate, and Ashley by Big Sean.
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