The name Ashton is derived from Old English and means "from the ash tree" or "ash tree town." Ashton is the name of many towns, villages, and areas in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Originally a last name, Ashton is now commonly used as a gender-neutral first name. The name Ashton is also considered to be a form of Ashley – another Old English name that was originally a surname.
Ashton is pronounced "ash-ten" and doesn't have many alternative spellings, though you may occasionally see it spelled as Ashtyn or Ashten. It 's a solid name on its own, but if you'd like to put a spin on it, possible nicknames include Ash or Ashie. Similar names with the same "en" ending include Aspen, Keaton, Ashlynn, and Dalton.
In the U.S., Ashton is much more likely to be a boy 's name, but that wasn't always the case. From 1986 to 1997, Ashton was more popular for girls. (That was thanks in part to the 1985 television miniseries North and South, which featured a female character named Ashton Main.)
The rise of Ashton for boys probably has a lot to do with actor and entrepreneur Ashton Kutcher. His career took off in the early 2000s, and so did his name: Ashton landed on the Social Security Administration (SSA) ranking of top 100 baby names for boys in 2003.
But Ashton isn 't a new name: It has been used as a first name in the United States for more than a century. Ashton was number 867 for boys on the SSA list in 1902. It fell out of favor soon after, and didn't rank in the top 1,000 names for boys again until 1982. The name began rising steadily in popularity after that and peaked in 2004 at spot 74.
Ashton is a classic yet modern-sounding name that works well for either gender. It 's similar to other widely popular names, yet distinct enough to be uniquely charming. Expect to see it for boys and girls in the years to come.
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