Ashley (girl)

The name Ashley started out as an English surname derived from aesc "ash tree" and leah "wood; clearing; meadow; field." It was quietly used for boys from at least 1880 on (i.e., the character of Ashley Wilkes from Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind). It only began being used for girls in 1917, and was still more popular for boys until the 1960s. It took off for girls in the 1980s and was one of the most popular names throughout the 1980s and 1990s. It is found in multiple spellings, including Ashly, Ashli, Ashlee, Ashleigh, Ashlie etc.
See Also: Ashley (boy), Ashleigh, Ashlea

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