Ashley 🔥

Gender: Female Meaning of Ashley: "dweller near the ash tree meadow" Origin of Ashley: English Ashley's Popularity in 2019: #136

Ashley Origin and Meaning

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

Ashley was a sensation in the 1980s and 1990s; it hit Number 1 in 1991. Ashley is still pretty but more and more parents are turning to newer names like Ashlyn and Aubrey, and spellings such as Ashleigh and Ashlea. If you hear the name Ashley in a playground today, it's more likely to be the mom than the little girl.

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Rank in US: #136

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Isabella_188 Says:


Same!!! The "Ley" ending screams feminine to me.

Isabella_188 Says:


For some reason, I adore this name for a girl, but hate it for a boy.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Can't see it on a boy.... only on a girl.

ericakatherine Says:


One of the few common names I adore, although it is fading out a bit. When I hear this name I actually think of it in a naturist way, I think of 'mountain ash' trees, these beautiful tall gum trees that grow in Australia. It also reminds me of Ashley from fresh prince so I don't associate it with a 'mean girl' at all.

RoseFlower Says:


This is a cute name for a little girl but it's so common. I think a beautiful alternative is Ashton. Little baby Ashton/Ashie is beautiful for a little girl.

Eliza1303 Says:


Meh sounds boring and annoying

SophiaRenee Says:


Yeah. I have a good friend who's in seventh grade and her name is Ashley.

Daiseymae Says:


Way too popular the past 30 years.

sunshinexoxo Says:


I'm tired of seeing this name. OVERUSED.

Alicia1 Says:


Pretty name, way too overused.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I like it for a girl, but even more for a boy.

Too-ticky Says:


Ashley doesn't sound like a "mean girl name" to me at all. I imagine a little daredevil, yes, but not a mean kind. Like, you know, Ashley Wagner. And I do like it better on a girl than on a boy.

Ashley Says:


Yea same.

Ashley Says:


I completely disagree.

Ashley Says:


My name is Ashley.....and Im 13 soooo this is an offense.

ashleyisabellalaaaa Says:


The first part of my first name is Ashley and growing up with the name "Ashley" was horrible. Its annoying having the same name as four other girls in my school. In the place where I live, Ashley is more commonly spelt Ashleigh and I like it that way. I used to go by Ash but when I entered highschool I realised there's way too many like Ashers and Ashtons. I now go by Ashley I (my last name isn't I it just stands for Isabella which is the second art of my first name) Honestly if it wasn't for the mean girl connotations and it's popularity I think that Ashley or Ashleigh would be a really pretty name for a little girl.

Sillysarahlily Says:


I know a few Ashley's most of them are spelt Ashleigh but I know one girl who spells it Ashley

grace_allyson Says:


This is about commenting your thoughts on the name, not a place for you to whine about your life. Save it for Facebook

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


While this name, and all of its various spellings is not my favourite. I have to say, I vastly prefer Ashleigh.

Agatha Janet Says:


I'm not one to slut shame but come on ASHLEY

Haids1987 Says:


When I was a preschool teacher 3 years ago I knew 2 Ashleys that were under the age of 4.

islandersfan3802 Says:


this is my "friends" name, we were friends until she did negative things towards me, she lied to me last year that she was dating someone (she accused me of liking him) and then tells my best friend that she was kidding, she also did more negative things to me but shes friends with my cousin and it makes me cringe every time I talk about it. i don't want her to do the same thing to my cousin.

lila Says:


it slid down the socioeconomic class ladder-- like Tiffany, etc. it is now associated w a lower class.

SimoneKadele Says:


Honestly, this is a stereotypical "mean girl" name to me. Which is a shame, because it has a nice sound, but that's what I associate it with. On a cringeworthy note, I told this to a friend and he said, "....that's my sister's name...." But I prefer Ashley on a boy, anyway.

Catastroffy Says:


Ashley is not that unlikely to be the little girl, really, if you consider that it was at #87 still in 2014, which makes it higher than "stylish" names such as Madeline, Eliza and Cora.

juliabrowneyes Says:


"If you hear the name Ashley in a playground today, it's more likely to be the mom than the little girl." True, but I wouldn't say Ashley is a "mom name" or anything like that. It's not that dated. I'm 14, and I know a couple Ashleys my age.

clairels Says:


"Low-class and uneducated families?" I've never had that association. Growing up, to me this was a popular, cool girl name. Plus, in its heyday it was so common it must have been used by people of all socioeconomic classes.

DaisyMaisie Says:


i think this is a kind of "popular girl" name

madison786 Says:


There's a new girl in my school with this name, she's the only Ashley in my grade and in my class!

Noey Says:


I was born when this name really hit its stride. I've never been a huge fan. It gets a little frustrating when you're one of several 'Ashleys' in the classroom or the workplace. I'll forever be known as "Ashley B" and never just simply "Ashley". *sigh*

Guest Says:


This is my name - can't stand it and have wanted to change my name since I was six years old. I disliked it even more when I got older and realized every other girl was named Ashley and it's associated with low-class and uneducated families.