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fem. proper name, all but unknown before c.1965; one of the most popular names for girls born in U.S. from c.1980; evidently inspired by the surname Ashley, Ashleigh (attested from 12c.), which means "clearing among the ash trees," from Old English æsc + leah (see ash (n.2) + lea).

Ashley, ND -- U.S. city in North Dakota
Population (2000): 882
Housing Units (2000): 528
Land area (2000): 0.627820 sq. miles (1.626046 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.627820 sq. miles (1.626046 sq. km)
FIPS code: 03540
Located within: North Dakota (ND), FIPS 38
Location: 46.034894 N, 99.373714 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 58413
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Ashley, ND
Ashley, OH -- U.S. village in Ohio
Population (2000): 1216
Housing Units (2000): 500
Land area (2000): 0.542508 sq. miles (1.405089 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.542508 sq. miles (1.405089 sq. km)
FIPS code: 02582
Located within: Ohio (OH), FIPS 39
Location: 40.408562 N, 82.952734 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 43003
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Ashley, OH
Ashley, IL -- U.S. city in Illinois
Population (2000): 613
Housing Units (2000): 274
Land area (2000): 1.107242 sq. miles (2.867744 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.021821 sq. miles (0.056515 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.129063 sq. miles (2.924259 sq. km)
FIPS code: 02531
Located within: Illinois (IL), FIPS 17
Location: 38.328332 N, 89.188860 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 62808
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Ashley, IL
Ashley, IN -- U.S. town in Indiana
Population (2000): 1010
Housing Units (2000): 450
Land area (2000): 0.807059 sq. miles (2.090272 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.807059 sq. miles (2.090272 sq. km)
FIPS code: 02458
Located within: Indiana (IN), FIPS 18
Location: 41.526110 N, 85.064672 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 46705
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Ashley, IN
Ashley, PA -- U.S. borough in Pennsylvania
Population (2000): 2866
Housing Units (2000): 1386
Land area (2000): 0.922974 sq. miles (2.390491 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.922974 sq. miles (2.390491 sq. km)
FIPS code: 03272
Located within: Pennsylvania (PA), FIPS 42
Location: 41.214182 N, 75.899387 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 18706
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Ashley, PA
Ashley, MI -- U.S. village in Michigan
Population (2000): 526
Housing Units (2000): 206
Land area (2000): 0.644724 sq. miles (1.669827 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.644724 sq. miles (1.669827 sq. km)
FIPS code: 03740
Located within: Michigan (MI), FIPS 26
Location: 43.187002 N, 84.477053 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 48806
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Ashley, MI
Ashley -- U.S. County in Arkansas
Population (2000): 24209
Housing Units (2000): 10615
Land area (2000): 921.147728 sq. miles (2385.761562 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 17.933559 sq. miles (46.447703 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 939.081287 sq. miles (2432.209265 sq. km)
Located within: Arkansas (AR), FIPS 05
Location: 33.185420 N, 91.785346 W
Ashley, AR
Ashley County
Ashley County, AR
Ashley (automobile)

Ashley were manufacturer of body shells and chassis for specials from 1955 to 1962. They also offered a range of products for special builders: radiators, header tanks, lighting sets, steel tubing, sheet aluminium, various suspension parts, water pumps, tires, tubes and wheels. The company also made bonnets and hardtops for other mass-produced sports cars, including the Austin-Healey Sprite and Jaguar E-Type.


Ashley is a place name, a surname, and a unisex given name (traditionally male, Ashleigh is the traditional female form). The place name is derived from the Old English words "æsc" (ash) and "lēah" (meadow).

Ashley can also be spelled Ashlie, Ashlee, Ashly, Ashli, Ashleigh, Ashliegh, and Ashlaie.

Ashley (Bristol ward)

Ashley is one of thirty-five council wards in the city of Bristol in the United Kingdom. The ward contains the areas of Baptist Mills, Montpelier, St Andrew's, St Pauls and St Werburghs.

Ashley (New Zealand electorate)

Ashley was a New Zealand electorate situated north of Christchurch. It was in use from 1866 to 1902, and was replaced with the Hurunui electorate.

Ashley (film)

Ashley is a 2013 film directed by Dean Ronalds.

Ashley (restaurant)

Ashley , is a restaurant chain based in South Korea owned by the E-Land. As of 2014, the chain had over 140 retail stores in South Korea. Ashley is a buffet. It is a beef steak specialty store.

Ashley (singer)

Ashley Colón, better known as la chica bomba (the bomb girl) (b. October 27, 1975, in Puerto Rico), is a Puerto Rican merengue artist singer. Mostly influenced by popular Puerto Rican singer and actress Iris Chacón, Ashley Colón began her successful career while leading a tropical music band Las Chicas del Clan, meaning "the girls of the clan". Her debut as a solo artist came in 1997 with the release of the album Yo Soy La Bomba, meaning "I am the bomb", the hit song of the same name,Yo Soy La Reina, meaning "I am the queen", followed that same year. A live performance with Elvis Crespo at the annual “Tu Música” awards ceremony. In 1999 Abrázame, meaning "hug me", became her international breakthrough, supported by a Latin American and U.S. tour. In 1999 she released a Tejano music CD called Sabor a Dulce, meaning "sweet taste" followed by a greatest hits CD in 2000 called Oro Merenguero, meaning "Merengue-like gold". She also released "El Poder de las Mujeres" ("the power of the women"). Her last CD release was "Estoy Loca" ("I am crazy") in 2003.

Ashley has charted on the Billboard Latin charts.

Ashley (name)

The name "Ashley" is of English origin, from a place name and surname from the Old English (Anglo-Saxon) words 'æsc' ( ash) and ' lēah' (meadow, forest clearing).

As a given name, like most surnames turned into first names, Ashley was originally used only for male children. It was first recorded as a male given first/middle name in the 16th century and remained only male until around 350 years later. It was popularized by Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury 1621-1683 (also known as Lord Ashley). Uses of the boys' name in popular culture are Ashley Wilkes from 1939's Gone with the Wind and Ash Williams (Ashley James Williams) from the 1982 Film Evil Dead. Ashley in the United Kingdom, where it originated, is predominantly male, ranking at #40 in 1996 for boys and staying within the top 100-300 male names given each year. Ashleigh is the traditional spelling of the female form of the name, however Ashley is also used for females.

Ashley gained immense popularity as a female first name in the United States in the late 20th century, outranking boys' usage by the 1980s and reaching #1 for girls' usage in 1991. Its rise in popularity is attributed to the female soap opera character Ashley Abbott on The Young and The Restless in 1982.

Ashley has not appeared in the top American baby boy names since 1994, but is still used 2%-8% of the time depending on year.

As with many names that achieve popularity, a number of spellings of Ashley emerged. The United States Social Security Administration has records of many different spellings, including Ashley, Ashleigh, Ashlee, Ashlie, Ashlyn, and foreign-looking variants such as Ashlé (pseudo-French).

Usage examples of "ashley".

Ashley is on the heath, either birdwatching or looking for dead animals to dissect.

It was the wish of General Greene that he should take post as near the enemy as possible, in order both to shorten his limits beyond Cooper river, and to enable Col. Laurens, who now commanded the legion of Lee, to pass the Ashley, and close upon the British between the latter river and Goose Creek.

Ashley, agent for Ruben Mistral and architect of the Lanthanides package, had hosted a prime-rib dinner for the group earlier in the evening, but she had wisely refrained from discussing business except to say that she for one felt privileged to be present at the making of a science fiction legend.

There were hundreds of Union troops milling about, but Ashley kept her eyes focused straight ahead and ignored the stares and cat-calls as the buggy passed through the ranks.

Laura Ashley wallpaper -tiny flowers like an airbrushed spray of blue.

Mary Ashley cautiously steered her old station wagon toward the center of the highway, where the snowplows had been at work.

Edward Ashley, and the European trip turned into a three-day honeymoon at Waterville, fifty-five miles from junction City, where Edward was taking care of a critical heart patient.

Two men parked half a block from the Ashley house waited until the vehicles were out of sight.

The last ticket Doc Ashley got was six years ago, for illegal parking.

MARY Ashley decided later that the only thing that saved her sinity was being in a state of shock.

Mary Ashley was an expert on the iron curtain countries, and Stanton Rogers was impressed.

Pete Connors had a renewed interest in the interceptedcable traffic coming from behind the iron curtain, because much of it concerned the appointment of Mary Ashley as the American ambassador to Remania.

Pete Connors had been informed the moment Mary Ashley landed in Washington.

MARY Ashley was sworn in as the ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Remania, and the treadmill began.

The reporter and his girlfriend, Akiko Hadaka, were watching Mary Ashley on Meet the Press.