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Ash tree settlement, protective
Characteristics of Ashton
Etymology & Historical Origin - Ashton
The name Ashton is the transferred use of a surname originating in England as a place name. Ashton comes from the Old English “æsc” (ash tree) and “tūn” (settlement, enclosure). While mainly a surname, Ashton has occurred as a forename for at least three hundred years. In Norse mythology, the first man created by the gods was formed from an ash tree. The Celts, impressed with its massive size, associated the ash tree with power, expansion and scale. Its girth, height, and deeply complex root system were all metaphors for the spiritually minded Celtic people. In both Norse/Viking and Celtic folklore, the ash tree was mainly a symbol of protectiveness. Like a gentle giant, the ash tree was also a guardian of children and a healing agent for childhood illnesses. The surname developed in the Middle Ages and appears as “Estun” in the Domesday Book of 1086.
Popularity of the Name Ashton
The name Ashton has been used for both males and females in the United States, but is widely considered a boy’s name. Ashton has provided a masculine replacement for Ashley (once a common boy’s name, but now a common girl’s name). Ashton first shows up on the United States Top 1000 list of boys’ names sporadically at the turn of the 20th century, but it never manages to stick to the charts and eventually rides into the sunset in 1910. It takes 72 years, but Ashton returns from obscurity in 1982. Between the late 1990s and the early 2000s, Ashton jumps about 250 spots on the charts. We think this was somewhat influenced by the celebrity Ashton Kutcher whose career was peaking at that time. 2004 marks the one and only year that Ashton manages to grab a spot on the Top 100 list of most-favored boys’ names (at position #76). The name is decidedly more masculine sounding than Ashley or Asher, so if you like the “Ash” names – this is a fine choice!
Popularity of the Boy Name Ashton
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ashton
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ashton
Ashton We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Ashton.
Popular Songs on Ashton
Ashton - a song by Michael W. Smith
Children's Books on the Baby Name Ashton
Ashton Kutcher (Jennifer Torres) - Ashton Kutcher was born in a small farming town and ended up among the bright lights of Hollywood. The path he took to get there is one filled with challenge and uncertainty. Dealing with his twin brother’s illness, his parents’ divorce, and a move to a brand new town as a teenager left Ashton wondering what to do with his life. His plan to pursue a medical career was fueled by his desire to find a cure for his brother but his dreams of fame began to overtake him. First though, he’d have to grow up a little. His knack for getting into trouble had already cost him the lead in his high school play. But a chance win in a modeling contest started Ashton down another road and soon his face was a familiar site on fashion runways and magazine covers. A career as an actor was within his grasp. He just had to reach out and grab it. Recommended for ages 9-12.
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (Maryrose Wood) - Jane Eyre meets Lemony Snicket in this smart, surprising satire of a 19th-century English governess story. A witty omniscient narrator speaks directly to modern readers and follows 15-year-old Penelope, recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, to British country manor Ashton Place, where conniving Lord Fredrick has discovered three wild children apparently raised by wolves while hunting in his vast forest property. To Lord Fredrick, who's named them Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia Incorrigible, the children are trophies and property ("Finder's keepers, what?"); to young Lady Constance they're savage nuisances who howl, chase squirrels, and gnaw on shoes. Enter Penelope Lumley, charged with taming them in time for a Christmas party, and bolstered by her top-notch classical education and an endless supply of platitudes from Agatha Swanburne. She also comes armed with a cherished book of poetry and her favorite fiction series, "Giddy-Yap, Rainbow!" There are stock characters, and there are mysteries. Most of all, without taking itself too seriously, there is commentary on writing itself, the dangers and the benefits of relying on books for moral courage, and the perils of drawing false expectations of the world from literature. Penelope shows growth, confronting issues of social class and expectation versus reality, and eventually realizing her own capacity for insight. Humorous antics and a climactic cliff-hanger ending will keep children turning pages and clamoring for the next volume, while more sophisticated readers will take away much more. Frequent plate-sized illustrations add wit and period flair. This book is part of a series. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Ashton
Famous People Named Ashton - Ashton Kutcher (actor/businessman)
Children of Famous People Named Ashton
Famous People who Named their Child Ashton - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Ashton.
Ashton - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Ashton - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Ashton.
Personality of the Boy Name Ashton
The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change. Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy. This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive.
Variations of the Baby Name - Ashton