Ashley Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Ashley:
A name which originated as a surname derived 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. Var: Ashlee, Ashlie, Ashly.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Ashley Cole, football player for Chelsea
Ashley Hamilton, son of George Hamilton and Alana Stewart
Ashley Giles, cricketer
Ashley Parker Angel, American singer, songwriter, and actor who became famous with the boyband O-Town
Ashley Purdy, bassist for the band Black Veil Brides
Ashley Lelie, played wide receiver for the Denver Broncos
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Ashley in "Gone with the Wind"
Ashley, the main character in "The Evil Dead" (1981)