Ashleys are deep, serious, independent, and studious. If your name is Ashley, you might find that you are more easily able to express yourself in writing, rather than by talking a lot. You have a deep, spiritual, and mystical side – which makes you someone who truly appreciates music, art, and literature. You are totally comfortable being alone and an independent person and an independent thinker.
You also really enjoy spending time alone in nature, and might spend this time deep in thought and contemplation about the mysteries of life and our place as humans in the universe.
Most commonly thought to come from an Old English surname, Ashley comes from the Old English words meaning “ash wood” or “ash tree.” An alternative etymology for the name Ashley is a Celtic origin. The Gaelic word “aisling” means a dream or vision of a beautiful woman from the spirit world. This word evolved into the name “Ainslinn” (pronounced “ashling”), which eventually evolved into the name Ashley.
We can see the name Ashley as a given name as far back as the 16th century, though until quite recently, it was a name only for boys. More recently, it is used almost exclusively for girls.
The name Ashley is actually a name that can be used for both girls and boys. Originally, it was used only for boys, but now it is almost exclusively a name for girls.
Ashley became a popular girls’ name quite recently, beginning primarily in the 1980s. It emerged in the 80s like a shot of lightning, coming from always nowhere and rising to the #1 most popular name for two years in a row in the 1990s. It is thought that the reason for this sudden explosive popularity of the name Ashley was actually the stunningly beautiful character of Ashley Abbot on the soap opera “The Young and the Restless.”
Popular variations of the name Ashley include Ashlea, Ashlee, Ashleigh, Ashlynn, Ashlyn, and Ash.
One of the most famous Ashleys of all time is actually a fictional, male Ashley – the character of Ashley Wilkes in Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel “Gone with the Wind” and the classic film based on the novel. Scarlett O’Hara is in love with Ashley Wilkes but Ashley marries the quiet and kind Melanie Hamilton.
Real-life famous Ashleys include the popular actresses Ashley Judd, Ashley Tisdale, and Ashley Olsen (half of the team of twins – Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen – who initially rose to fame in the TV series “Full House.”)