Last modified on 24 May 2014, at 00:08



Alternative formsEdit



From Old English æsc (ash tree) + leah (wood, clearing).

Proper nounEdit


  1. A common English place name.
  2. A surname derived from the places.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  4. A female given name transferred from the surname.

Usage notesEdit

  • Ashley was originally a male given name, but since the sixties it has also been given to women, particularly in the U.S.A. as the top name for girls in 1991 and 1992.


  • 1936 Margaret Mitchell: Gone With the Wind: Chapter III:
    'There now, Scarlett! You admit it is true. What would you be doing with a husband like Ashley? 'Tis moonstruck they all are, all the Wilkes.'
  • 1999 Andrew Pyper: Lost Girls: Chapter Ten:
    But when Krystal McConnell and Ashley Flynn were named deep in the heart of the '80s the thing was cuteness, feminine delicacy raised to an aesthetic paradigm. --- And everyone named according to a particular version of the pedigree fantasy. Ashley : transplanted Southern privilege, a destiny lying in sorority mixers and a marriage of health club memberships, state-of-the-art appliances and night courses in nouvelle cuisine.