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Ashley or Ashleigh?

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#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 jkate_

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.

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