Ashley: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Ashley

Ashley

Pronunciation: ASH-lee (key)

Origin of the name Ashley:

A name which originated as a surname de-rived from the Old English elements æsc (ash trees) and lēah (wood, clearing, meadow, enclosure): hence,"dweller near the ash tree forest." Ashley was originally bestowed as a male name in England, but its use in Great Britain and the U.S. is now predominately female.

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Ashley really is a beautiful name when you think about it. It's a shame it's been so stereotyped and overused.
The name Ashley is actually still relatively popular in the UK. The same goes for many other masculine names Americans have turned feminine, including Mackenzie and Courtney.

I personally don't love the name Ashley. I think it's to original, and sounds like a snobby name. When I hear the name Ashley, I picture a snobby girl.

Personal experiences with the name Ashley: | Edit

My name is Ashley. When I was little, I hated it. But I embraced it as I aged. I didn't have too many other Ashley's in my life so I never had to deal with being one of a million Ashley's. Even when there were other Ashley's, we all went by nick-names or last names. The only negative experiences I've had with the name were in Elementary school when mean kids somehow found ways to twist it, thus resulting in Ash-tray. But overall, it was a good, solid name that ppl know how to spell and is easy to live with.

My best friend's name is Ashley. Unfortunately, so are many girls in my class year.

My experiences with Ashley's have been good and bad. I've met some nice Ashley's and some not so nice Ashley's; I think it's a very variable name that doesn't fit stereotypes.

My best friend is named Ashley, and she is one of the sweetest and down-to-earth people I know.

When I was in school back in the 50's, everybody was named Judy! There were at least 5 Judy's in every one of my classes. Every family had a Judy. Now every family has an Ashley or a Jennifer!

I can't even count how many Ashley's I have known, all I know is that it's a lot! I am good friends with at least three of them! 99% of Ashley's I've known were females, but I know a guy name this spelled Ashlee, and he's one of the three I am good friends with (and dated). I met Ashley G in Kindergarten. I met Ashley C and Ashlee M in highschool.

I'm an Ashley, and born in '88, at the begining of the trend. I mostly dislike it because I've known too many Ashley's. One year in my dance class 5 out of 10 of us were Ashley - way too much! And 2 of my friends in high school had the name too. I've joked that every girl and her best friend are named Ashley. I'd rather have a less-used, more unique name. I dislike that so many people have the same name as me. By the way, I've always hated when people call me Ash.

Nicknames for Ashley: | Edit

Ash
Ashes
Shlay
Asha
Asherz
Ash-Pash
Shlee
Ashy
Smash
Smashley
Shley
Ash-bash Ninja
Ash the Bash
Crashley
Ash-tree
Ash-tray
Ashie-pie
Ally/Aly/Allie
Lee/Leigh

Meanings and history of the name Ashley: | Edit

The name Ashley comes from the English origin. In English The meaning of the name Ashley is: Lives in the ash tree grove.

Famous real-life people named Ashley: | Edit

Ashley Judd, actress
Ashley Benson, actress and star of "Pretty Little Liars"
Ashley Olsen, one half of the Olsen Twins
Ashley Tisdale, actress and star of "High School Musical" ~~~~Also on Suite Life of Zack and Cody~~~
Ashley Jensen, Scottish actress
Ashley Greene, actress
Ashley Hamilton, son of George Hamilton and Alana Stewart

Ashley in song, story & screen: | Edit

Ashley Abbott, character on daytime soaps "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Ashley Wilkes was the name of the (male) character Scarlett O'Hara pined for in Gone With the Wind
Ashley Banks, character on the '90s sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
"Ashley" is a song by The Dodos

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