Ashley Nelson in the US

  1. #8,881 Margaret Scott
  2. #8,882 Robert Banks
  3. #8,883 Robert Ramsey
  4. #8,884 Stacey Jones
  5. #8,885 Ashley Nelson
  6. #8,886 Billy Moore
  7. #8,887 Catherine Martin
  8. #8,888 Evelyn Miller
  9. #8,889 Jose Zamora
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Meaning & Origins

Originally male, but now an increasingly popular given name for girls, this is a transferred use of the surname, which comes from any of numerous places in England named with Old English æsc ‘ash’ + lēah ‘wood’. It is recorded as a given name in the 16th century, but its wider use was probably inspired by Anthony Ashley Cooper (1801–85), 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, a noted humanitarian who inspired much of the legislation designed to improve conditions among the working classes. It became one of the three most popular girls' names in North America in the latter half of the 20th century, with a wide variety of spellings.
66th in the U.S.
English and Scottish: patronymic from the medieval personal name Nel or Neal, Anglo-Scandinavian forms of the Gaelic name Niall (see Neill). This was adopted by the Scandinavians in the form Njal and was introduced into northern England and East Anglia by them, rather than being taken directly from Gaelic.
39th in the U.S.

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