The most well-known nickname for Ashley is Ash. Other nicknames include Ashes, Asha, Ashy, Smashley, Crashley, Ash-Pash, Shlee, Crash, Ash-Bash, Ash-tray, Ash-tree, Ashie-pie, Asherz, Lee, Ally and Nashville.
The name Ashley originated in England and means "to live in the ash tree grove." It was first bestowed as a male name, but since the early 20th century, it has been used primarily as a girl's name in Great Britain and the United States. The name decreased in popularity for a period of time starting in 1983 because of its connection to Ashley Abbott, a character on the soap opera "The Young and The Restless."