Ainsley - Meaning of Ainsley
[ 2 syll. ai-(n)sley, ain-sl-ey ] The baby girl name Ainsley is pronounced EY-NZLiy- †. Ainsley has its origins in the Old English language. It is used largely in English and Scottish. The first name is derived from the surname; the latter was borne by an ancient and powerful family in the Scottish borders. The family name is from the name of an English village, either Annesley in Nottinghamshire or Ansley in Warwickshire. The former is derived from the elements an ('one, only') and leah (meaning 'wood, clearing, meadow'), and the latter from ansetl ('hermitage, solitary') and leah (meaning 'wood, clearing, meadow'). Ainsley is the feminine equivalent of the English Ansley.
Ainsley has 18 forms. Forms of the name include Ains, Ainslea, Ainsleah, Ainslei, Ainsleigh, Ainsly, Ainslye, Ansleigh, Ansley (used in Scottish too), Aynslea, Aynsleah, Aynslee, Aynsleigh, Aynslie, and Aynsly. Other English forms include the spelling variants Ainslee (used in Scottish too), Ainslie (used in Scottish too), and Aynsley.
See also the related form, the English, French, German, and Scandinavian Anne.
Ainsley is rather popular as a baby girl name. The name has been rising in popularity since the 2000s; prior to that, it was of only very light use. At the modest peak of its usage in 2014, 0.051% of baby girls were named Ainsley. It was #336 in rank then. In 2018, it ranked at #399 with a usage of 0.042%, and it was the most popular out of all girl names in its family. Ainsley was used 52% more than the 2nd most popular name, Anne, in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Ainsley include Ainslee, Ainslie, Aynslie, Aimil, Ainslea, Ainslei, Ainsleigh, Ainsly, Ainslye, Angel, Angell, Angelle, Aynslea, Aynslee, Aynsleigh, Aynsley, Aynsly, Emelye, Emille, and Emilye.
† Pronunciation for Ainsley: EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"