Hello, I'm Ashley. I don't really have much of an opinion about my name. I don't love it, but I don't hate it either. I've never really felt much like an Ashley though. I've always wanted to be named something fun like Lucy, Sophia, or Vivi. I particularly like the name Dottie. I guess I like names from the 50's. Aside from Dottie, because I think she'd kill me, I think I'd name my girls those names if I ever have them.
Anyway, I found out yesterday while on Facebook that my name was the 2nd most popular name the year I was born, in between Jessica and Jennifer. I think my mom lied to me when she said she named me that because no one else named their kids Ashley. Clearly they did. Kind of odd considering it means "ash meadow". I was hoping for something like lovely, spirited, most beautiful on Earth. But no...ash meadow. Oh well.
Mama Kat said in her instructions to explain why I was named my name. Well...there is a very nice reason and evidently the real reason which is really...charming. My family owned a German restaurant in Ann Arbor for years. It was on Ashley Street. When my mom decided that's what she wanted to name me she told my dad that it was to honor the restaurant. However, she tells me that she named me after her:
That's Ashley Abbott from The Young & the Restless. My mom tells me she loved her in the soap as soon as she saw her and always wanted a daughter named Ashley. This is my mom:
This is how our conversations went when I was little:
little Ashley: "Dad, why was I named Ashley?"
Dad: "Oh, cause Mommy thought it would be nice to name you after the street the restaurant was on."
little Ashley: "That's nice"
Mom walks in the room and whispers to little Ashley: "No it's not, I named you after Ashley Abbott, from Y&R. You're going to love that show when you're older too."
little Ashley: "I'll stick with Dad's story."
Mom: "Be thankful, he was going to name you Percy if you were a boy."
Oddly enough, I love Y&R and I also have a secret desire to name one of my kids Percy. I think Percy and Dottie would be cute. You?
To see more reasons people are named what they are check out Mama Kat's blog!!
Have a great day!!