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Ainsley Name Information

Gender 👩🧑 Boy And Girl
Pronunciation 📣 \a(i)-ns-ley, ain-sley\
Number in U.S 👶 17,000
Rate in 2021 714
Numerology 🔢 4
Name origin 🌍 English

Ainsley : Meaning, Origin and Popularity

Meaning of name Ainsley:

Ainsley is the transferred use of a Scottish surname found mainly in the border regions of Scotland and derived from a place name. This surname dates from the 11th century and was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name is derived from the Olde English words "ansetl" (hermitage) and "leah" (wooden glade, glade) to mean a 'solitary glade' . It has been a household name (Ainslie) by a long-standing powerful clan in the Scottish borderlands with a motto "For country often, for king always". The use of Ainsley as a given name is relatively recent and, although it has largely been considered a masculine given name, it is used primarily as a feminine given name in the United States.


Ainsley made her debut on the female naming charts in the United States only this century (2001). In the United States, this name has been used for both men and women, although it is never enough for the boys to even make the lists. When Ainsley first appeared on the women's charts in 2001, she jumped to a fairly respectable position of #481. Off to a good start, no doubt. In the last 10 years, the name has advanced a little over 100 places on the charts, but its use is still only moderate. In the last 10 years, perhaps around 10,000 girls are given this name in total. And even though the name is technically unisex, in America we pretty much consider it to be almost exclusively female. Because the name is non-gender specific and derived from a surname, it has an androgynous resonance to it. Ainsley isn't frilly or flowery - but she is cute and pretty. It's never been overused, so it's not very common; Thus, making this one of an original 'solitaire' choice!

Famous people named Ainsley

Ainsley Harriott (Famous British Chef)

Ainsley Bennett (Olympic Athlete)

Ainsley Earhardt (TV Journalist)

Ainsley Gotto (Australian Businesswoman)

Ainsley Battles (Soccer Player)

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12/10/2022 12:07:38 AM

This is our dog's name but we spelled it Lila, pronounced Lyla. I love this name and would have used it for my daughter but she is fair not a dark beauty, so our gorgeous black puppy got it instead.

11/8/2022 2:00:30 PM

Our 5 yr old daughter is named Ainsley, It'suits her perfectly. Gentle and melodic with great stren'th behind it.

11/7/2022 5:05:34 AM

I am currently 31 weeks pregnant with our second daughter and we are planning on naming her Ainsley. Both my husband and I are of Scottish descent and we wanted a name that was beautiful, unique and paid homage to the heritage that we love so much! I can't wait to meet her!

10/6/2022 6:02:34 AM

My name is Ainsley at first I didn't like my name but now as I get older I realize how unique it is and now I think any mom looking for a good name that is unique Ainsley is the perfect one?

7/24/2022 5:21:36 AM

This is my name and I think It's really nice! I always get compliments about it!

4/11/2022 11:38:42 AM

This is my youngest daughters name but I spell it Katelynne. I love the name!

3/28/2022 3:36:18 AM

I'm 31 and named Ainsley. i've always loved It's uniqueness. I have encountered only 3 other Ainsleys. I really do love my name.

12/21/2021 1:06:00 AM

I am 54 and named Ainsley. I have always loved and enjoyed the name. Sometimes people say it wrong, but not that often. i've had a few children named after me, but don't know anyone my age with the name. I feel special with this unusual name and love seeing the popularity increase!

8/16/2021 1:14:06 AM

My 11 1/2 year old daughter is named Ainsley. i've always loved her name and we've only met a few othe's with that name in the entire 11 1/2 years. She does say that'some adults mispronounce it, or will call her Ashley, but for the'slight inconvenience of correcting the odd person who just can't seem to read...It's worth it that'she has a "unique" name, but not one that's too strange.


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*️⃣ What is the origin of the name Ainsley?
The origin of the name Ainsley is English.
*️⃣ How many people are named Ainsley?
Almost 17000 people are named Ainsley.
*️⃣ Which names are related to the name Ainsley?
The names of Aria, Ari, Arrow, Arie, Aura