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Etymology & Historical Origin - Ashly
Ashly is a variant of Ashley. The name Ashley started out as an Anglo-Saxon surname in 12th century England, derived from a place name. We find its roots in the Olde English “æsc” meaning “ash” and “lēah” meaning “wood clearing, meadow” to identify various hamlets situated near an area cleared of ash trees (there are towns called Ashley in Cheshire, Northamptonshire, Kent, Staffordshire and Wiltshire, England, for instance). Surnames derived from place names were either assigned to prominent local landowners or lords of a manor. Location-based surnames were also given to folks who hailed from one town and relocated to another – one would have been given the last name Ashley, for instance, as a means of identification (i.e., the name of his birthplace). Surnames became important in the Middle Ages as a way of identifying citizens in order to tax them, and the surname Ashley first appeared in writing in the 12th century (rendered as Esselega, Aslegh and, finally, Ashley). The same name often looked and sounded quite different in medieval England due to the high rate of illiteracy and the radically different dialects spoken throughout the land. Ashley would not be recorded as a forename (or given name) until the 16th century, and it was only considered masculine back then. It would take another 400 years for Ashley to find her footing as a girl’s name in the 20th century (and now she’s widely considered almost exclusively feminine). Perhaps this has something to do with a certain Celtic influence. The similar sounding name “Aislinn” (pronounced “ASH-ling”) is an Irish girl’s name derived from the Gaelic word “aisling” meaning “dream, vision”. The type of dream is specific to a vision of a beautiful woman from the spirit world. Once dreamt, the dreamer can no longer be content again. She’s just too beautiful to remove from one’s memory. In any case, Ashley is a very popular baby girl’s name in the United States, and, as often happens with popular names, American parents like to mess around with the traditional spelling and produce new modifications such as Ashly, Ashlee and Ashleigh.
Popularity of the Name Ashly
Ashly is the least popular spelling variant of Ashley. The name first appeared on the U.S. female naming charts in 1982 and recently dropped off the charts in 2009. She lasted for less than 30 years, and the highest position she ever reached was #437 in 1986. In other words, Ashly is not generally considered a preferred spelling of Ashley. Although we have to concur, it is the most minimalistic even if it looks rather incomplete.
Popularity of the Girl Name Ashly
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ashly
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ashly
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Popular Songs on Ashly
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Ashly
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Famous People Named Ashly
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Children of Famous People Named Ashly
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Ashly - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Girl Name Ashly
The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.
Variations of the Baby Name - Ashly