Ashley

First Name
857k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
38k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ashley

"Ashley" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the ash tree field". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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

  1. A common English place name.
  2. A surname​ derived from the places.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  4. A female given name transferred from the surname.
  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.

Notable Persons Named Ashley

Halsey is an electropop musician. Her ongoing career started in 2014. Halsey was given the name Ashley Nicolette Frangipane on September 29th, 1994 in Washington, New Jersey, U.S.

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Ashley Williams is a soccer player for the Swansea City A.F.C., Tamworth F.C., West Bromwich Albion F.C., Hednesford Town F.C., Stockport County F.C., and Wales national football team. Ashley was born on August 23rd, 1984 in Wolverhampton, England.

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Ashley Judd is an actress and activist. She has had major accomplishments since 1991. Ashley was given the name Ashley Tyler Ciminella by her parent Naomi Judd on April 19th, 1968 in Granada Hills, Los Angeles.

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She was most active from 1988 to present. Ashley was given the name Ashley Michelle Tisdale on July 2nd, 1985 in Monmouth County, New Jersey, U.S.

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Ashley Olsen is an actress, fashion designer, author, producer, businesswoman, and fashion design. She was most prominent from 1987 to 2012. Ashley was given the name Ashley Fuller Olsen on June 13th, 1986 in Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.

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Ashley Graham is a model and model (people). Ashley was given the name Ashley Ann Graham on October 30th, 1987 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Ashley is also known as Ervin and Ashley (married surname).

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Ashley

Sahara Davenport was a drag queen, dancer, make-up artist, and dance. Sahara was given the name Antoine Ashley on December 17th, 1984 in Dallas. Sahara is also known as Ashley and Antoine (birth name). He passed away on October 1st, 2012.

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Elizabeth Ashley is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1960. Elizabeth was given the name Elizabeth Ann Cole on August 30th, 1939 in Ocala, Florida, USA. Elizabeth is also known as Cole and Elizabeth Ann.

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Mike Ashley is a businessman. Mike was given the name Michael James Wallace Ashley on September 9th, 1964 in Burnham, Buckinghamshire.

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Karan Ashley is an actress and actor. She has been prominent since 1994. Karan was born on September 28th, 1975 in Odessa, Texas. Karan is also known as Karan Ashley.

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Maurice Ashley is a chess player. He holds the title Grandmaster and Grandmaster (chess). Maurice was born Maurice Ashley on March 6th, 1966 in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica.

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Sylvia Ashley was a model, actress, model (people), and actor. Sylvia was given the name Edith Louisa Sylvia Hawkes on April 1st, 1904 in Paddington, London, England. Sylvia is also known as Sylvia Hawkes, Lady Ashley, and Princess Sylvia Djordjadze. She breathed her last breath on June 29th, 1977.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 8 0 8
1881 6 0 6
1882 7 0 7
1883 9 0 9
1884 6 0 6
1885 13 0 13
1886 14 0 14
1887 10 0 10
1888 7 0 7
1890 12 0 12
1891 8 0 8
1892 12 0 12
1893 10 0 10
1894 17 0 17
1895 10 0 10
1896 10 0 10
1897 17 0 17
1898 5 0 5
1899 7 0 7
1900 5 0 5
1901 10 0 10
1902 14 0 14
1903 7 0 7
1904 11 0 11
1905 10 0 10
1906 13 0 13
1907 7 0 7
1908 9 0 9
1909 10 0 10
1910 7 0 7
1911 16 0 16
1912 23 0 23
1913 31 0 31
1914 42 0 42
1915 47 0 47
1916 48 0 48
1917 50 5 45
1918 42 0 42
1919 59 0 59
1920 43 0 43
1921 47 0 47
1922 53 0 53
1923 47 0 47
1924 46 0 46
1925 57 0 57
1926 45 0 45
1927 50 0 50
1928 37 0 37
1929 39 0 39
1930 26 0 26
1931 35 0 35
1932 30 0 30
1933 22 0 22
1934 32 0 32
1935 34 0 34
1936 36 0 36
1937 31 0 31
1938 32 7 25
1939 27 0 27
1940 49 0 49
1941 60 6 54
1942 79 8 71
1943 68 10 58
1944 67 12 55
1945 67 10 57
1946 78 7 71
1947 78 11 67
1948 79 13 66
1949 66 11 55
1950 72 15 57
1951 65 15 50
1952 83 24 59
1953 70 15 55
1954 94 21 73
1955 89 8 81
1956 90 25 65
1957 92 27 65
1958 113 38 75
1959 117 37 80
1960 145 56 89
1961 206 80 126
1962 208 95 113
1963 237 108 129
1964 290 180 110
1965 340 219 121
1966 373 263 110
1967 523 386 137
1968 713 544 169
1969 837 643 194
1970 1,184 931 253
1971 1,427 1,164 263
1972 1,450 1,176 274
1973 1,679 1,253 426
1974 2,034 1,626 408
1975 2,407 1,988 419
1976 2,766 2,291 475
1977 3,288 2,706 582
1978 4,017 3,484 533 #87 girl name
1979 5,036 4,450 586 #67 girl name
1980 8,042 7,296 746 #40 girl name
1981 9,552 8,878 674 #34 girl name
1982 15,501 14,851 650 #17 girl name
1983 33,884 33,290 594 #4 girl name
1984 39,307 38,766 541 #3 girl name
1985 47,509 47,007 502 #2 girl name
1986 50,093 49,675 418 #2 girl name
1987 55,257 54,848 409 #2 girl name
1988 50,266 49,963 303 #2 girl name
1989 47,962 47,586 376 #2 girl name
1990 45,797 45,558 239 #2 girl name
1991 43,659 43,479 180 #1 girl name
1992 38,621 38,453 168 #1 girl name
1993 34,983 34,848 135 #2 girl name
1994 30,411 30,279 132 #2 girl name
1995 26,715 26,603 112 #2 girl name
1996 23,785 23,677 108 #3 girl name
1997 20,990 20,895 95 #3 girl name
1998 19,951 19,873 78 #5 girl name
1999 18,210 18,133 77 #6 girl name
2000 18,078 17,996 82 #4 girl name
2001 16,600 16,526 74 #4 girl name
2002 15,400 15,340 60 #6 girl name
2003 14,590 14,512 78 #8 girl name
2004 14,459 14,371 88 #8 girl name
2005 13,342 13,273 69 #10 girl name
2006 12,399 12,340 59 #12 girl name
2007 11,479 11,424 55 #13 girl name
2008 9,456 9,403 53 #18 girl name
2009 7,849 7,812 37 #20 girl name
2010 6,340 6,309 31 #29 girl name
2011 5,435 5,398 37 #42 girl name
2012 4,715 4,698 17 #50 girl name
2013 3,975 3,937 38 #67 girl name
2014 3,591 3,551 40 #87 girl name
2015 3,445 3,419 26 #85 girl name
2016 3,058 3,024 34

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Popularity of Ashley as a first name

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Popularity of Ashley as a last name

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Common last names for Ashley

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Thomas
  • Miller
  • Martin
  • Anderson
  • Clark
  • Hill
  • Lewis
  • Thompson
  • Walker
  • Lee

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ashley U.S.
  White 71.84% 64.26%
  African American 20.60% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.65% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.35% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.25% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.31% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ashley

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

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Fun Facts about the name Ashley

  • How Popular is the name Ashley? Ashley is the 55th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ashley was the 900th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ashley have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 856,860 babies born with the first name Ashley in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ashley to occupy the country of Cyprus with an estimated population of 838,897 (as of October 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ashley? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Ashley first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ashley is Monday, July 31st, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Ashley born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ashley was in 1987 with a total of 54,848 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ashley!
  • Random Ashley Factoid: According to the 2000 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ashley ranks 2nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, 2,831 babies in California have the same name as you in 2000.
  • Weird things about the name Ashley: Your name in reverse order is Yelhsa. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Elyahs. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ashley? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 38,499 people with the last name Ashley.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ashley? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 13 of them will have Ashley 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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