Ashley Name Meaning & Origin


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.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Ashlee, Ashleigh, Ashli, Ashlie, Ashly, Ashely

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Comments and insights on the name Ashley

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.

Ashley and Halsey are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Having the nickname Ash, you get to forever cosplay the crap out of Ash Ketchum (Pokemon)! "Gotta ketchum all!" And also I feel bad because Ashley was also a name back in the days to say “the dumb blondies”

Personal experiences with the name Ashley

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.

Mean kids can also call it ASS-ley.

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.

Well, as there are so-o-o many girls named Ashley around, you're going to meet all kinds - good and bad! It's not like you meet a girl with a not-so-common name, who may be the only girl you've ever met with that name and she's mean and obnoxious, naturally you're going to associate that name with a girl you don't like. But Ashley is different because there are so many Ashleys that you can't judge somebody named Ashley by someone you don't like.

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.

My name is Ashley Elise and born in 1988. I definitely grew up with several other Ashley's since elementary school and in college I met even more- one class I had five Ashley's! I grew into my name and I like the beauty of it. My family calls me Ash 99% of the time. Few friends say Ashley and my coworkers call me Ashley as well. My dad sometimes pronounces it Ash-shuh-lay.

My name is Ashley, born in 2001. I honestly could care less about my name. It doesn't define me as a person.

My name is Ashley, though it is not that popular when I was born. Hope no one will call me Ash any more, otherwise it's good.(Still I'm glad no one call me trash). My sister are called Emily,I wonder why an Emily is often an Ashley's sister.

Because they both end with "ly".

One of my best friend's names is Ashley. I usually would just call her Ash since I know a lot of Ashleys. She is super talkative but very trustworthy. I can tell her anything and she won't tell a soul.

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Meanings and history of the name Ashley

The name Ashley comes from the English origin. In English The meaning of the name Ashley is: Doo Doo Licker.

The Ashleys are a clique of four beautiful, fashionable, snobby and spoiled girls in the TV cartoon "Recess"
Always uttering the phrase "scandalous." They are recurring antagonists towards the Recess Gang.

Famous real-life people named Ashley

Ashley Judd, actress
Ashley Benson, actress and star of "Pretty Little Liars" and movie "Bring it on:In it to win it"
Ashley Olsen, American Actress and Fashion Designer.
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 Argota, American actress
Ashley “Halsey” Frangipane, American singer/songwriter

Ashley in song, story & screen

"Ashley" song by post hardcore band Escape The Fate
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
Ashley Marin TV series Pretty Little Liars
Ashley or "Ash" is one of the eight protagonists, in the interactive horror game "Until Dawn"
"Ashley's Song" by Set It Off

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