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  1. a male or female given name.


  1. Jack, Baron. 1922–2012, British Labour politician and campaigner for deaf and disabled people
  2. Laura. 1925–85, British designer, who built up a successful chain of retail stores selling dresses and fabrics based on traditional English patterns

fem. proper name, all but unknown before c.1965; one of the most popular names for girls born in U.S. from c.1980; evidently inspired by the surname Ashley, Ashleigh (attested from 12c.), which means “clearing among the ash trees,” from Old English æsc + leah (see ash (n.2) + lea).

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