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The ASHLEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 37,021 852 0.014 137
United States (1880 census) 7,187 841 0.014 144
Change since 1880 +29834 -11 0 -7
Other Countries
Australia 969 1705 0.006 59
United Kingdom 7,159 872 0.016 156
Top States for ASHLEY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 3,043 889 0.015 146
California 2,373 1454 0.007 70
Florida 2,323 908 0.015 145
New York 2,007 909 0.011 106
North Carolina 1,806 681 0.022 224
Top States for ASHLEY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Carolina 1,732 358 0.043 432
Mississippi 1,082 414 0.038 380
Arkansas 751 467 0.028 281
Alabama 1,211 663 0.027 272
Kentucky 1,057 599 0.026 262


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called ASHLEY live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called ASHLEY represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called ASHLEY in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a ASHLEY by picking someone at random in South Carolina than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of ASHLEY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the ASHLEY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the ASHLEY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of ASHLEY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 874 2.36
Mixed Race 629 1.7
White (Hispanic) 585 1.58
Asian/Pacific 144 0.39
White (Caucasian) 27,533 74.37
Black/African American 7,256 19.6

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the ASHLEY surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of ASHLEY in historical publications

(origin: Sax. Local) The lea, field, or pasture abounding in ash-trees. Leegh, ley, or lea, signifying uncultivated grounds or pastures; lands untilled, generally used as commons.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

ASHLEY. Parishes in Staffordshire, Wilts, Cambridge, &,c.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to ASHLEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ASHLEY.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for ASHLEY

The following words are slight variants of ASHLEY that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.