Jump to content

How to Spell Ashley in Oz for Girl!
Ashley or Ashleigh?


  • Please log in to reply
39 replies to this topic

#1 newmum2013

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:48 AM

Hi Everyone

First time mum here at 26 weeks, having a little girl-soooo excited!!

Hubby and me have FINALLY agreed on a name after my first choice Chloe was a no go with hubby sad.gif

We have agreed on Ashley! Name will be Ashley Grace Fraser

Question I have is I know it used to be considered a boys name years ago is this still the case? Do you associate it more with girl or boy?

To be honest I forgot it was even a boys name as I am so used to it in the USA being considered a girls name these days,

I cant work out how to spell it , Ashley or Ashleigh- don’t want it to be the boys way but I have no idea if Ashley spelling for a girl is the normal these days as I don’t know anyone with this name-

Thank you



#2 lotsofbots

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:54 AM

My dsd is Ashleigh and her best friend is Ashlee, all the others I know are female spelt Ashleigh.  Not a popular name at the moment a bit old they are all in their late teens early twenties.

#3 ChunkyChook

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:54 AM

I dont know any that spell it Ashleigh. I do know a female Ashley and another 2 that spell it Ashlea.



#4 Astrocyte

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:58 AM

My name is spelt Ashleigh. I've never met or known anyone else with the name so no experience here with how others spell it. I do like it spelt Ashlee for a girl. Not so much spelt Ashley for a girl but not sure why (just preference probably).

#5 nadi~bicardi

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:58 AM

We have an Ashleigh.  I grew up with a close family friend called Ashley (boy), so to me that is the boy's spelling and I personally hate Ashlee.  We have just resigned ourselves to the fact that she will always have to clarify the spelling of her name (we also have a Rowan and he will have to as well).

#6 emlis22

Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:05 AM

Personally, I prefer Ashlee

#7 la di dah

Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:09 AM

Ashley would be my pick.

#8 MrsLexiK

Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:09 AM

I see the spelling of Ashley as a boy's name I went to school with a boy that spelt it that way and it is DH's name (spelt that way) I see Ashleigh as a girls name as a girl I went to school with her sister spelt it that way.

#9 Mrs Lannister

Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:10 AM

My female cousin is Ashlee. DS has a male friend Ashley

#10 Jax12

Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:11 AM

I would go with Ashley or Ashleigh.  I'm really not a fan of Ashlee.

#11 Bluenomi

Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:11 AM

Always Ashley. I've only ever seen Ashleigh as a surname and it really isn't very nice looking.

#12 Eirinn

Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:15 AM

I would go with Ashley.

#13 wish*upon*a*star

Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

I prefer Ashlee, then Ashleigh. I see Ashley as the male version.

Edited by strawberrypie7, 05 February 2013 - 11:18 AM.


#14 jks91

Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:20 AM

I really think its personal preference.  I know male and female Ashley's, but also plenty of Ashleigh and Ashlee's.  

Ashleigh is one of the names on our shortlist but only with that spelling.

#15 unicorn

Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:24 AM

My female cousin is Ashleigh, and a male associate is Ashley, both in their 40s if that makes any difference.
I don't like Ashlee. It looks to me like uneek spelling.
Ashleigh/Ashley Grace is lovely original.gif

Edited by Flibbertigibberty, 05 February 2013 - 11:24 AM.


#16 ~Supernova~

Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:25 AM

My sister is Ashleigh, I have a male friend Ashley. But I think both work ok for a girl.

#17 Madnesscraves

Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:28 AM

I know a female Ashlee, a male Ashley, and a female Ashleigh.

I think it's a personal preference. original.gif

#18 ~chiquita~

Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:28 AM

I prefer Ashleigh spelling for a female. Ashley for male.

#19 Gudrun

Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:45 AM

I would expect Ashley to be girl or boy and the others more likely girl.  

Ashley is my preferred spelling.

Like a PP I suggest you choose the spelling that you like best.

#20 9ferals

Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:51 AM

I have a male cousin called Ashley so for me it never seems like a girls name.
If i saw the spelling Ashleigh I would assume that is a girl whereas Ashley would seem more male to me.  


#21 Ash's mum

Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:53 AM

Our DD is Ashley, I just preferred original spelling of the name having said that I agree with all saying its your personal preference how to spell.  I've seen all 3 spellings, our dd spelt  Ashley, mum at mothers group spelt Ashlee and an old acquaintance was Ashleigh, so dont think it makes a difference in Oz!
My husband chose the name and it so suits her  original.gif

#22 Imaginary friend

Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:07 PM

I consider Ashley more of a girls name now but still unisex enough to be used for boys - and certainly there are many older males, and some younger ones ,called Ashley.


IME Ashley spelling is used for both genders, whereas Ashlee or Ashleigh almost always female.

My preference is Ashlee for a girl, followed by Ashley for either sex.

I think Ashlee is a known established spelling (albeit a newer version than original Ashley)and name is pronounced the same but is obvious from written version that is girls name.

Not a fan of leigh spelling in any names, just looks unneccesarily clunky to me when simple lee would do.

#23 doubledelight

Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:14 PM

Ashley/Ashleigh used to fall into the same category as Peter/Peta and Tony/Toni where the name was unisex and the spelling denote male/female.

Ashley used to be the male spelling but this has fallen by the wayside as more variations came along.



#24 Propaganda

Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:44 PM

I think the male way tends to be Ashley, but I've seen girls with that spelling too. Just so their gender was obvious on paper though, I'd personally choose an alternative.

Ashleigh, Ashlea and Ashlee tend to be the options I've seen. I prefer Ashleigh.

#25 tres-chic

Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:47 PM

Congratulations OP, what a beautiful name! I love it.

I would spell it Ashley too. I think of it as unisex but leaning towards the feminine.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

Finding baby name inspiration in unusual places

Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.

The case for inducing at 37 weeks

While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?

Does controlled crying really work?

Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.

How I taught my infant to use a toilet

As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.

'I thought it was impossible': Emily Symons pregnant at 45

Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.

Shallow water blackout kills fit, healthy dad

A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.

Afternoon naps may be bad for toddlers' sleep

You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.

Best gifts for newborns, new mums and christenings

We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.

Jaime King to be a mum again

Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.

Nannies should receive government funding

The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found. 

Common skin irritations in newborns (and how to treat them)

As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?

10 wall decals for the nursery or playroom

Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.

Preschooler walks 2.4km home alone

Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.

Video: Why mums get nothing done

In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.

The middle name game

The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.

Have a baby or your money back - but there's a catch

A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.

A rare glimpse inside the womb

A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.

Battered mum forced to write to her attacker ex in jail

Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.

Woman pleads not guilty to ultrasound scam

A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Brain damaged mum receives compensation

A Sydney mother who suffered brain damage when she was hit by a car while pushing her newborn baby in a pram has reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with the driver's insurance company.

Indigenous midwives break down the barriers

A culturally sensitive midwifery service has gained the trust and respect of Aboriginal women.

The Katering Show's next big delivery

Most mums-to-be plan to take things easy and perhaps have a little break from work as the birth of their baby draws near. Not Kate McCartney.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

Why I have mixed feelings about Cindy Crawford's leaked photo

Last week an un-retouched photo of model Cindy Crawford surfaced, showing the 48-year-old mother-of -two posing in underwear.

How to create a Peppa Pig pancake

Thought your toddler could not love pancakes any more than they already do? How about if the breakfast treat came in the shape of every two-year-old's favourite cartoon character?

'It's a little life, not a little loss': pregnancy after miscarriage

I thought I was never going to be able to have a successful pregnancy. I decided that I wasn't going to form an emotional attachment with this baby.

Bonds Baby Search 2015: what you need to know

February 18 marks the start of one of the most prolific annual baby competitions in Australia: the Bonds Baby Search. And this year is going to be more special than ever.

Who will manage your Facebook account when you're gone?

This is not something that people like to talk about, but Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their pages after they die.

Struggling mum of four wins $188 million

Mother of four Marie Holmes was financially struggling after quitting her jobs at Walmart and McDonald's in order to care for her children.

Pregnant obese women a 'relatively new problem', coroner hears

A first-time mother whose daughter died hours after her frightening birth insists she was never told of the risks of being obese and pregnant.

'I'm angry as hell': the story behind mum's passionate vaccination plea

She has labelled parents who do not vaccinate their children "misinformed imbeciles" - and for that, she makes no apologies.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

8 different kinds of tantrums

I never thought I’d say this, but for a brief moment last week, Kim Kardashian and I had something in common: both our kids had public tantrums.

Polycystic ovary syndrome: symptoms, treatment and your fertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.

What's the best position for giving birth?

If doing it on your back is out, what's the best position for labour and birth?

Wife forgives snake catcher husband for car surprise

With Valentine's Day coming up, Nat Gilbert could be forgiven for thinking her husband might be planning a surprise for her.

Kids who meet milestones at their own pace

We usually only hear the success stories: tales of the two-year-old who’s talking, running and completely toilet trained. But other stories need to be told too.

Ruby shines as Bonds Baby

Sarah Kiss has a word of advice for proud mums and dads who are keen to enter their babies in this year's Bonds Baby Search Competition - just have fun.

Why dads should go to sleep school

If your family needs to go to sleep school, go with them. You are part of that family and you are part of the solution.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Win a KitchenAid Mixer

Let's celebrate 300,000 fans on Facebook

To celebrate, and to thank our amazing fans, we?re giving away a KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.