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Alternative forms[edit]


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


Proper noun[edit]

Ashley (plural Ashleys)

  1. A common English place name.
  2. A surname derived from the places.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname.
    • 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.'
  4. A female given name transferred from the surname.
    • 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.
  5. One of ten villages in England.
  6. A city in Illinois.
  7. A town in Indiana.
  8. A village in Michigan.
  9. A city/town in North Dakota.
  10. A village/town in Ohio.
  11. A borough in Pennsylvania.

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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.