Gender Feminine & Masculine
Pronounced Pron. AYNZ-lee(English)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From an English surname that was from a place name: either Annesley in Nottinghamshire or Ansley in Warwickshire. The place names themselves derive from Old English anne "alone, solitary" or ansetl "hermitage" and leah "woodland, clearing".

In America, this name received a boost of popularity in 2000 when a character bearing it began appearing on the television series The West Wing.

Related Names

VariantsAnsley, Ainslee, Ainslie(English)


People think this name is

youthful   upper class   natural   wholesome   refined   strange  


Entry updated January 21, 2022