Ashley 🔥

Gender: Male Meaning of Ashley: "dweller near the ash tree meadow" Origin of Ashley: English

Ashley Origin and Meaning

The name Ashley is a boy's name of English origin meaning "dweller near the ash tree meadow".

It may have peaked at #1 for girls in 1991 and 1992 in the US, but Ashley actually has a long history as a male given name, as evidenced by the sensitive Ashley Wilkes in Gone With the Wind. It's always been more popular for boys in England and Wales, where it currently ranks at #414.

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Pop Culture References for the name Ashley

Asheley, Ashelie, Ash


QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I feel the same. It would just be weird on a boy, as I only ever knew female Ashley's. It's very GWTW on a boy. But also, I could imagine Gertrude or Mildred on boys.

Isabella_188 Says:


I don't know why, but I adore this name for girls, but hate it for boys.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


You're in the UK, right?

ParanoidAndroid Says:


“Ash” makes for a great nickname. Ashley still works for a boy, in my opinion, better than a girl.

sunshinexoxo Says:


It seems like every girl I went to school with growing up was named this. I wouldn't want to be a boy named this in the US...

Dipper Says:


So what if it's feminine? Names are just words, they don't have an implicit gender. I love Ashley for boys and girls.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Nameberry does have the best community. I feel that overall it is the best site. I discovered first, and it's a good resource, but I started making a list of my favourite names on there, and once I got to 100 names (including male and female names), I was told that I had to "upgrade to premium" to add more names - in other words, pay to add names to a list, which I could ultimately do on Word. On NB, we can have multiple lists and don't have to pay - and the community is awesome. :-)

paulapuddephatt Says:


I checked and the stats for girls in England are interesting. Ashley was #710 as a female name here in 2015. It is therefore used for both genders here, but more popular for boys. I like it for girls too, tbh. It is a truly unisex name, as far as I am concerned.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Ashley is #368 in England for boys, according to the stats on this site. This is a unisex name, which went through a phase of being super popular for girls. I would love to see it revived as a male name, and there are signs of this happening. Ash and similar names are used for boys, and with the "Gone with the Wind" association too, there is no reason for people not to call their sons Ashley.

LaurenDH Says:


I'm not a fan of this for a girl but I love it for a boy. Especially with the nickname Ash; Ash Ketchum from Pokémon holds a special place in my heart.

Archer27 Says:


It's been said a couple of times already, but Ashley is actually much more popular for boys over the pond in the UK! 90% of the Ashleys I have met have been male. In fact, for unisex names in general (McKenzie, Charlie, Quinn etc) we tend to sway over to the males a bit more than in the US. Odd, huh?

SimoneKadele Says:


Yes. And it probably would be hard for a boy to carry— which is annoying, but true.

I like Behind the Name, but Nameberry has the best community.

pamsatran Says:


SimoneKadele, what distinguishes us as the authors of ten books about baby names and long-established experts in the field is our analysis and opinions. If you'd rather hear simply the origin, usage, and history, I'd recommend you visit any other baby name site: Behind the Name is an excellent one at

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SimoneKadele Says:


I really like this on a boy. I don't know if I'd use it, though. This site needs to stop making such blunt commentary. I'd rather hear the origin and usage and history of a name than a biased opinion. ;)

iipostmvh Says:


I agree. And in fact, I've known several male Ashleys. I'd use it without hesitation. This and Kelly.

TheHumanCanvas Says:


I don't understand why Ashley for a boy is considered so shocking, to be honest. I would name my son Ashley in a heartbeat, and if anyone commented on it I would be very surprised. I think it's a great name!

iipostmvh Says:


Love it!

helenlouise Says:


I think here in the UK Ashley is more popular for boys than girls. The description is so rude. The one thing I hate about this site it how it claims BOYS NAMES are too girly! Like, what?!

snowsbeloved Says:


I love this name...for a boy. Maybe in future generations it can be pulled back to the boys' side? It's so sad that many handsome boy names are given to girls and then are no longer "safe" to name your boy because of ridicule. Makes me so mad!

RoddyThlayli Says:


I prefer Ashley on a boy rather than a girl.

princessmadison Says:


I love this on a boy but not on a girl, Some girl in my school ruined my love for Ashley on a girl. Now I love it on a boy for some reason! I would love to meet a boy Ashley!

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I love how traditionally masculine names for boys are discouraged by this site, while all masculine names are pushed and forced and advertised to hell and back for girls. Hypocrisy at its finest. Not only that but, Ashley is an INCREDIBLY popular boy name over here in the UK, so it's not as feminine as the description is attempting to make it out to be. As such, I would hope that more people would ignore what has been unfairly written about this name, and consider it for the fabulously masculine choice that it is.

emmie113 Says:


I love this name for a boy! It's so handsome and dashing.

Catastroffy Says:


One of the two Ashleys I've known was a boy. I think it suited him much better than it did the girl-Ashley I knew, and I think I prefer the name for a boy on the whole.

Guest Says:


I like Ashley for a boy

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


It's adorable for a boy and too overused for girls. I hate how girls always steal boy names and nobody remembers that they were originally for boys :(