Ashley - Meaning of Ashley
[ 2 syll. as-hley, ash-l-ey ] The baby girl name Ashley is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced as AE-SHLiy- †. Ashley has its origins in the Old English language and it is used largely in English. The meaning of Ashley is 'ash wood'. It is derived from aesc which means 'ash' ; leah 'wood, clearing, meadow'. It represents the transferred use of the geographic name and the surname as a given name. See Ashley for more information.
The name Ashley is used to a great extent; it has 49 forms. Forms of the name include Aishlee, Aislaeigh, Ashala, Ashalee, Ashalei, Ashaley, Ashby, Ashelei, Asheleigh, Asheley, Ashely, Ashie, Ashla, Ashlan, Ashlay, Ashleah, Ashleay, Ashleen, Ashleena, Ashleene, Ashlen, Ashlene, Ashleye, Ashlin, Ashling, Ashlinn, Ashlya, Ashlye, Ashlyn, and Ashlyne. Other English forms include the contracted form Ash, the familiar forms Asher and Lee, and the spelling variants Ashle, Ashlea, Ashlee, Ashlei, Ashleigh, Ashli, Ashlie, and Ashly.
See also the related form, the English Ashlianne.
Ashley is popular as a baby girl name. The name increased in popularity from the 1960s up to the 1980s; prior to that, it was of only sporadic use. Its usage peaked in 1987 with 2.928% of baby girls being named Ashley. It was #2 in rank then. The baby name has experienced a substantial decline in frequency since then. In 2018, it ranked at #129 with a usage of 0.123%, but it was nevertheless the most popular among all girl names in its family. Ashley was used 4 times more than the 2nd most popular name, Ashlynn, in 2018. Although Ashley is today more frequently used for baby girls, there was a period from 1901 to 1963 when more boys were given the name. After 1964, increasingly the name became more popular with baby girls than with boys. In 1994, 239 times more baby girls than boys were given the name Ashley.
Baby names that sound like Ashley include Ashlea, Ashlee, Ashleigh, Ashli, Ashlie, Ashly, Ashlye, Achal, Achale, Achall, Achalle, Aglae, Aglaye, Ahely, Ahelye, Aislaeigh, Aislee, Aisley, Akeelah, and Akila.
† Pronunciation for Ashley: AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; SH as in "she (SH.IY)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Ashley:
Actress Ashley Judd, born 19 April 1968, Los Angeles, California.
Actress Ashley Tisdale, born 2 July 1985.
Actress Ashley Olsen, born 13 June 1986, Sherman Oaks, California.
Tennis Player Ashley Harkleroad, born 2 May 1985, Rossville, Georgia.