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#1 kitkat11

Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:53 AM

Do you think of Ashley as more of a boys name... or a girls name??

#2 Mrs Lannister

Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:56 AM

I think this is the only name I cannot assign to a specific gender

#3 librablonde

Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:57 AM

I see Ashley as a boy's name and Ashleigh as a girl's name. I don't like all the other spelling options.

#4 dae-gu

Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:57 AM

Ashleigh = girl

Ashley to me is boy or girl.

#5 NotBitzerMaloney

Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:58 AM

My automatic reaction is girl (my sisters name) but I also went out with a male Ashley.
For me it's an 'either' name, despite my automatic reaction

#6 karkat

Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:01 PM

Either, but I have a 12 week old DD Ashley!

#7 TarneeW

Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:01 PM

Automatically think girl but love for a boy wub.gif



#8 Cranky Old Woman

Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:02 PM

I went to school with a male Ashley so it has stuck in my brain as a boy's name.

#9 Bathsheba52

Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:04 PM

I can never get Scarlette O'Hara (Gone with the Wind) out of my head" (put on Southern accent and repeat) "Ashley, oh Ashley". He was a pretty useless male in the story, and it's even worse to give a girl a "failed" man's name.

#10 kerilyntaryn

Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:34 PM

Boy
Ashleigh - girl

#11 Gudrun

Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:11 PM

A boys' name that has become unisex.  I only like it spelt Ashley either way.

#12 Imaginary friend

Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:15 PM

I see Ashley as either - more tending to girls in recent years, more boys previously -  so the younger the Ashley, the more likely I'd expect it to be a female's name.


The other spelling variations of Ashleigh or Ashlee - I see as solely female.


There was a thread on this recently and stats from govt naming sites supported this theory - ie there were Ashley's of both gender, proportionately more girls in later years - but all Ashleigh's and Ashlee's were girls.

#13 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:25 PM

QUOTE (kitkat11 @ 26/02/2013, 11:53 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Do you think of Ashley as more of a boys name... or a girls name??

I know 3 boys named Ashley (which is why I didn't want it for DD1, I thought it was a boys name).  In recent years, I have met a woman named Ashleigh.

I think it can go either way.  Kinda like Morgan.

#14 MrsLexiK

Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:29 PM

I see it as a boys name, but I am married to one so that would be why lol. Ashleigh and Ashlee girls names.

#15 Itchy_Witch

Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:29 PM

My automatic reaction upon seeing the name is girl, yet strangely I think I've known more boy Ashley's than girls....

#16 *dreamer*

Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:39 PM

as per PPs above:
Ashley - boy
Ashleigh - girl




#17 la di dah

Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:42 PM

Unisex. I've known some boy Ashleys and it was historically male, but I've known far more girl Ashleys.

Regardless of which gender I were naming, if I were using Ashley the only spelling I'd ever consider would be Ashley.

#18 BunnyBob

Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:54 PM

I tend to think of it as a boys name. If I wanted a girls name like that, I'd go for Aisling pr Ashleen, which is the Gaelic word for dream and a well known Irish girls name.

#19 Plaxy

Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:11 PM

Unisex, but where in the past it was predominantly a boy's name, now it's predominantly a girl's. I only like the Ashley spelling.

#20 Magnus

Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:16 PM

Either.

#21 sa5ha

Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:22 PM

Beautiful unisex name. I'm in my mid 20s and have known roughly equal amounts of both genders so don't associate it with being boy or girl automatically.

#22 eachschoolholidays

Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:22 PM

Despite knowing a couple of male Ashleys, my gut says girl

#23 lynneyours

Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:30 PM

If it was someone my age called Ashley, I'd assume it was a man.  If it was someone under the age of 5, I'd assume it was a girl.  

Lovely name, OP.

#24 nik_klinger

Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:38 PM

My DH is an Ashley!

#25 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:56 PM

Girl




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