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Aelfrida Mon 24-Nov-14 13:41:20

I met a gorgeous little girl called Ashley the other day and she has made me fall in love with the name.
Any thoughts? The unisex thing worries me.

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JakeyBurd Mon 24-Nov-14 13:46:06

I thought the boys were fighting to claim this one back? How about Aisling (pronounced ASH-ling) instead? Scottish and Irish Gaelic for "dream", and definitely not used for boys!

WowserBowser Mon 24-Nov-14 13:47:55

I have relatives called Ashleigh and Charleigh!

I would go for Ashley and not worry about it being unisex.

Aelfrida Mon 24-Nov-14 13:54:16

Awful I didn't word that very well, sorry! I mean I don't normally like unisex names as I like feminine sounding girls names. I think Ashley is quite feminine though so not sure what I'm waffling about! confused smile

Leeds2 Mon 24-Nov-14 13:59:49

I always though Ashley was the typical male spelling, and Ashleigh the female.

Aelfrida Mon 24-Nov-14 14:03:05

I'd heard that too, Leeds2.

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Alisvolatpropiis Mon 24-Nov-14 18:06:37

I've never met a female Ashley in the UK but understand it is a pretty standard girls name in the U.S.

Much prefer the Ashley spelling. Ashleigh is an unnecessary change.

Theonlyoneiknow Tue 25-Nov-14 11:14:18

I know it's a different name but what about Ailsa ?

SilverShadows Tue 25-Nov-14 11:44:19

The female Ash's that I know spell it Ashli and Ashlee. Combine the 2 and have Ashlie?

GotToBeInItToWinIt Tue 25-Nov-14 11:57:31

I have a female cousin called Ashleigh Rose (she's early 20's so way before the current trend for using Rose as a middle name!). I've always thought it's really pretty.

HelpMeGetOutOfHere Tue 25-Nov-14 12:02:40

Ashley is a small village in Gloucestershire.

Its a boys name to me. Always will be. If you must call a girl Ashley then use Ashleigh.

Mrsjayy Wed 26-Nov-14 14:28:19

I think Ashley for a boy is dying out I like it is a nice name think it is Ashleigh for a girl

baskingseals Thu 27-Nov-14 07:08:25

I like Ashleigh for a girl.

cherrybombxo Thu 27-Nov-14 13:31:09

I've always seen the name as a bit chavvy, but I think that's because I knew two at school and another (my second cousin) who were all a bit rough and scary grin

vomistheworst Thu 27-Nov-14 16:35:12

I love the name Ashley, but for a boy.

I like Aisling for a girl, like someone else mentioned.

thecaroline Fri 28-Nov-14 14:05:21

I think Ashley is very dated and not very tasteful. Ashleigh is even worse.

AdorableAbbie Fri 28-Nov-14 15:20:58

Ashley for girl
Eisley for boy

ChickenMe Fri 28-Nov-14 15:38:54

I see Ashley as a boy's name and, while its an attractive sound, the -Leigh ending IMO is dated.

I have a name which has male and female versions. The short version is unisex. Eg like Chris but not. People always assume male and it's annoying.

DanyStormborn Sat 29-Nov-14 21:00:39

I live a Ashley (that spelling) for a girl. To me it's a girls name.

weeblueberry Sat 29-Nov-14 21:51:58

My friend is called Ashleigh and she said about 95% of the time people spell it wrong so she has to spell it out every single time she gives her name.

Lunastarfish Sat 29-Nov-14 22:12:54

I think Ashley is pretty and not very common now. I grew up with a few born in the 80s (boys and girls). I think Ashley is more masculine, Ashleigh is more feminine

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