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Ashley

[ash-lee] /ˈæʃ li/
noun
1.
a male or female given name.
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  • If it was too late for this gentleman's letter, it was too late for Mr. Ashley's.

    Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Of course, it was absolutely necessary to abandon the flat in Ashley Gardens.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • In that manufactory Mr. Ashley was William's master, and he believed he had no resource but to comply with his desire.

    Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles Mrs. Henry Wood
  • "You exceeded orders, and you ought to be court-martialed," said General Ashley.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
  • Nothing of this was in Ashley's mind as he watched the water lapping at the beach-side of the transports.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
British Dictionary definitions for Ashley

Ashley

/ˈæʃlɪ/
noun
1.
Jack, Baron. 1922–2012, British Labour politician and campaigner for deaf and disabled people
2.
Laura. 1925–85, British designer, who built up a successful chain of retail stores selling dresses and fabrics based on traditional English patterns
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Word Origin and History for Ashley

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).

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