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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ash

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  • According to a user from Florida, United States, the name Ash is of Irish origin and means "The tree or residue of fire".
  • According to a user from Texas, United States, the name Ash is of Irish origin and means "The tree or residue of fire".
  • According to a user from Palestine, the name Ash is of Japanese origin and means "Brave girl".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ash
  1. [Bot] A genus of trees of the Olive family, having opposite pinnate leaves, many of the species furnishing valuable timber, as the European ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and the white ash (Fraxinus Americana).
  2. The tough, elastic wood of the ash tree.

Note: Ash is used adjectively, or as the first part of a compound term; as, ash bud, ash wood, ash tree, etc.

Etymology: OE. asch esh, AS. æsc; akin to OHG. asc, Sw. & Dan. ask, Icel. askr, D. esch, G. esche

noun Ash
sing. of Ashes.

Note: Ash is rarely used in the singular except in connection with chemical or geological products; as, soda ash, coal which yields a red ash, etc., or as a qualifying or combining word; as, ash bin, ash heap, ash hole, ash pan, ash pit, ash-grey, ash-colored, pearl ash, pot ash.

verb Ash
To strew or sprinkle with ashes.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of various deciduous pinnate-leaved ornamental or timber trees of the genus Fraxinus
  2. Strong elastic wood of any of various ash trees; used for furniture and tool handles and sporting goods such as baseball bats
  3. The residue that remains when something is burned
  4. Convert into ashes
  1. (Egyptian mythology) The Egyptian god of oases.
  2. A topographic surname​ for someone who lived near ash trees.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  4. A diminutive of the female given names Ashley and Ashlee.
  5. A town in Surrey, England, near Aldershot.

Notable Persons Named Ash

Ash Carter is a 25th United States Secretary of Defense, United States Deputy Secretary of Defense, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, Logistics, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs, and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquis. Ash was born on September 24th, 1954.


Ash Lieb is an artist, writer, and comedian. He has had major accomplishments since 1990. Ash was born on August 22nd, 1982 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.


Ash Williams is a houseware clerk at s-mart, zombie/deadite hunter, exorcist, and zombie.



Ash King is a pop music and soul music singing. He plays Vocals. His career lasted from 2009 to 2009. Ash was given the name Ashutosh Ganguly on August 3rd, 1984 in London. Ash is also known as Ash King.


Ash was given the name Ashley Stymest on July 31st, 1991 in England.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Ash

Leslie Ash is an actress and writer. She was most active from 1964 to 1964. Leslie was born on February 19th, 1960 in Clapham, London, England.


Lauren Ash is an actor and actress. Lauren was born on February 4th, 1983 in Belleville, Ontario.


Mary Kay Ash was a founder of mary kay cosmetics, mary kay, and founder ofmary kaycosmetics. Mary was born on May 12th, 1918 in Hot Wells, Harris County, Texas, USA. She left this life on November 22nd, 2001.


Erica Ash is an actress, comedian, model, and singer. Erica was born in 1974.



Daniel Ash is an alternative rock, gothic rock, post-punk, and electronic music musician. He plays Guitar, Keyboard instrument, Saxophone, and Vocals. His career lasted from 1979 to 1979. Daniel was born Daniel Ash on July 31st, 1957 in Northampton.


How popular is the baby name Ash in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1975 5 0 5
1981 6 0 6
1983 8 0 8
1990 5 5 0
1996 12 5 7
1997 15 0 15
1998 21 0 21
1999 23 0 23
2000 24 0 24
2001 24 0 24
2002 29 0 29
2003 33 0 33
2004 29 0 29
2005 46 0 46
2006 52 6 46
2007 38 0 38
2008 40 0 40
2009 49 0 49
2010 51 0 51
2011 60 5 55
2012 65 0 65
2013 64 5 59
2014 68 0 68
2015 99 0 99
2016 149 9 140
2017 141 7 134

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Popularity of Ash as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ash U.S.
  White 81.09% 64.26%
  African American 13.40% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.51% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.14% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.31% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ash

People with the last name Ash are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Ash

  • How Popular is the name Ash? Ash is the 9,612th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ash was the 1,709th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ash have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,156 babies born with the first name Ash in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ash to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ash? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1975 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Ash first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ash is Wednesday, February 8th, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Ash born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ash was in 2016 with a total of 140 babies.
  • Random Ash Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ash is not a popular baby boy's name in Wisconsin. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Wisconsin have the same name as you in 2017.
  • Weird things about the name Ash: Your name in reverse order is Hsa. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sah. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ash? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 21,030 people with the last name Ash.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ash? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Ash as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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