Ainsley Name Meaning & Origin

Ainsley

Pronunciation: AYNZ-lee (key)

Origin of the name Ainsley:

Transferred use of the Scottish surname taken from the place-name Ainsley, which is derived from the name element Æne's or Ægen's and the Old English lēah (wood, clearing, meadow, enclosure).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Ainsley: | Edit

truly unique. you sure don't hear this too often

PRONOUNCED: AYNZ-lee

I have never seen a name look less like a name. No offense, but it's the most hideous "name" I've ever seen.

Personal experiences with the name Ainsley: | Edit

My little sisters name is Ainsley and she absolutely loves it because she never gets mixed up with everyone else. It is however harder on the pronunciation...
but I love it for how special it is. To me and seems forever young and cuddly and just an all over happy name!
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We named our daughter Ainsleigh, we felt like we wanted something different but not so different that she would hate us for naming her that. We have since met quite a few Ainsley's but still think its a very unique name and definately don't know anyone who spelled it the same way we did.

My daughter is named Ainsley, she is smart and artistic and very pretty. It is a wonderful name, that is not popular.
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My name is Ainsley and i love my name, its so unique and not many other people have that name.I kind of didn't like it when i was younger because i thought i was the odd one out with the weird name but now i think its a beautiful name and i wouldn't like or suit any other name.

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My name is also Ainsley. I absoultly love my name! I love the fact that I have yet to meet anyone with that name! I remember growing up, I didn't like it as much because I could never find anything with my name on it. But now that I know the story behind why I was named it (my family is from Scotland) I adore it!!!

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My aunt and uncle just named their little baby girl Ainsley Jo, its an adorable name and everbody who has heard it has loved it. We love it becuase its unique and you won't find to many little girls with this name!>

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About 2 weeks before finding out we were even pregnant, my husband saw Ainsley Earhardt reporting on our local news one evening. I happened to be on the phone with him and he said, "If we ever have a little girl, I know what I want to name her, and give her your middle name." When he told me, I thought it was beautiful, unique but not "odd". So when we soon found out that we were expecting, we knew if it was a girl, we had her name picked out: Ainsley Marie. We got some "huhs?" and funny looks at first (back in 2006 when I was pregnant), but the overwhelming majority of comments are along the lines of, "That's a beautiful name." Fits our Ainsley perfectly!

Nicknames for Ainsley: | Edit

Lee
Ains
Aisy
Ainsy
Annie
Ainz

Meanings and history of the name Ainsley: | Edit

means "meadow" in gaelic

From a surname which was from a place name: either Annesley in Nottinghamshire or Ansley in Warwickshire. The place names themselves mean either "Anne's field" or "hermitage field" from Old English ansetl "hermitage" and leah "field".

Famous real-life people named Ainsley: | Edit

Ainsley Earhardt - News reporter on Fox News
Ainsley Howard (1983-), actress
Ainsley Harriott (1957-), television host and presenter

Ainsley in song, story & screen: | Edit

Ainsley Hayes, Republican lawyer on The West Wing played by Emily Procter.

Ainsly Harriet, famous cook...used to have his own show on T.V.

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