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Ashley, Indiana

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Etymology

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From Old English *Æsċlēah, composed of æsċ (ash tree) + lēah (wood, clearing). Equivalent to Ash +‎ -ley.

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæʃli/
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Ashley (countable and uncountable, plural Ashleys)

  1. A number of villages and hamlets in England:
    1. A village and civil parish in East Cambridgeshire district, Cambridgeshire (OS grid ref TL6961). [1]
    2. A village and civil parish in Cheshire East, Cheshire (OS grid ref SJ7784). [2]
    3. A settlement in St Leonards and St Ives parish, east Dorset (OS grid ref SU1304).
    4. A village and civil parish (without a council) in Cotswold district, Gloucestershire (OS grid ref ST9394). [3]
    5. A hamlet in Bentworth parish, East Hampshire district, Hampshire (OS grid ref SU6440).
    6. A suburb in New Milton parish, New Forest district, Hampshire (OS grid ref SZ2595).
    7. A village and civil parish (without a council) in Test Valley district, Hampshire. (OS grid ref SU3831). [4]
    8. A hamlet in Sutton parish, Dover district, Kent (OS grid ref TR3048).
    9. A village and civil parish in North Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire, previously in Kettering district (OS grid ref SP7990). [5]
    10. A village in Loggerheads parish, Newcastle-under-Lyme district, Staffordshire (OS grid ref SJ7636).
    11. A village in Box parish, Wiltshire (OS grid ref ST8168).
  2. A surname from Old English derived from the places in England.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname.
    • 1936 June 30, Margaret Mitchell, chapter III, in Gone with the Wind, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company, →OCLC; republished New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company, 1944, →OCLC:
      '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.'
  4. A female given name transferred from the surname.
    Synonym: Ash
    • 1999, Andrew Pyper, chapter 10, in Lost Girls:
      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.
    • 2013, Matt Haig, The Humans, Canongate, →ISBN, page 832:
      I discovered that her full name was Margaret Lowell. I wasn't an expert on Earth names, but I still knew this was wildly inappropriate. She should have been called Lana Bellcurve or Ashley Brainsex or something.
  5. A number of places in the United States:
    1. A minor city in Washington County, Illinois; named for railroad official Col. L. W. Ashley.
    2. A town in Smithfield Township, DeKalb County and Steuben Township, Steuben County, Indiana.
    3. A village in Elba Township, Gratiot County, Michigan.
    4. A census-designated place in Pike County, Missouri; named for the state's first lieutenant governor, William Henry Ashley.
    5. A city, the county seat of McIntosh County, North Dakota; named for railroad official Ashley E. Morrow.
    6. A village in Oxford Township, Delaware County, Ohio; named for Col. L. W. Ashley.
    7. A borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
    8. An unincorporated community in Doddridge County, West Virginia; named for the local Ash family.
    9. An unincorporated community in the towns of Guenther and Knowlton, Marathon County, Wisconsin.
  6. A locality in Moree Plains Shire, New South Wales, Australia; named for one of the settlements in England.
  7. A small settlement and river north of Rangiora, Canterbury, New Zealand. [6]

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

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Tagalog

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Etymology

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Borrowed from English Ashley.

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Ashley (Baybayin spelling ᜀᜐ᜔ᜎᜒ)

  1. a female given name from English, of 2000s and later Philippines usage