Meaning: Ash tree clearing
Alternate spellings: Ash, Ashlee, Ashly, Ashli, Ashlie, Ashleigh, Ashlea
Remember when Ashley Olsen was still that adorable little girl on Full House? Parents couldn’t forget her for years – although Ashley had already been a top 10 name for four years when the show started in 1987, she kept the name on the list until a decade after the show ended in 1995. In her current career as a fashion designer, she just can’t seem to muster the name recognition she could as a toddler; but Ashley still remains a popular choice.
Ashley is technically a unisex name – Gone with the Wind Scarlett’s heartthrob was named Ashley Wilkes, and the name was #282 on the boy’s charts in 1980 – but we just can’t recommend naming a son such a popular girl’s name.
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008