I’ve seen it on males in the UK and females in the US. Is [name]Ainsley[/name] unisex or is this just geographic differences?
Yay! I like making cases for unisex names!
I live in the UK and I don’t know any Ainsleys personally, but I do know OF male Ainsleys. I have seen the [name]Aynsley[/name] spelling, too. It’s a surname, so fair game for either gender.
I’d say that chef, [name]Ainsley[/name] [name]Harriott[/name], is probably the reason you hear it on boys here in the UK. I think there is an actress over here called [name]Ainsley[/name] someone but she’s not that well-known (obscure enough that I forgot her surname, anyway. Lol.)
^ Never heard of this lady, only found her via Wikipedia, but maybe she popularised it for girls in the US? Is the “[name]Fox[/name] News [name]Channel[/name]” popular in the States? I notice in American media (Family [name]Guy[/name] actually) they make loads of jokes about it, but maybe?
^ It has also been used in [name]Jamaica[/name] on a boy, so I think [name]Ainsley[/name] could be unisex in the States, too? It’s probably harder to find a male [name]Ainsley[/name] than a female one across the pond but I bet there are some. Surname names are traditionally male so it’s plausible that it could’ve been passed through generations for males.
I’m not surprised it’s more male over here, at any rate. Some names do just stay male over here. No idea why - American media and pretty much all English-speaking media gets over here so we are aware of the concept that a female could be called [name]Leighton[/name]. I guess Brits just don’t care, lol. [name]Don[/name]'t get me wrong - there are a few unisex names in the top 100 for girls but more names seem to stay male here. And it probably will stay male over here if it follows the same pattern as [name]Ashley[/name]. I’ve never met a female [name]Ashley[/name], I only know of one through my sister and this person apparently spells her name [name]Ashleigh[/name]. [name]Ashleigh[/name] was in the top 100 for the UK in the 90s but as far as I know it never overrode [name]Ashley[/name] for boys.
I also know boys called [name]Leighton[/name], [name]Miller[/name], [name]Riley[/name], [name]Taylor[/name], [name]Finley[/name], [name]Reese[/name] (mostly spelled [name]Rhys[/name] though) and I recently met a male [name]Bailey[/name], names which a lot of people say are more on the girl’s side now. I even know a male [name]Brooke[/name], and some people think that is completely girl. Not forgetting that (the British) [name]David[/name] and [name]Victoria[/name] [name]Beckham[/name] named their son [name]Brooklyn[/name].
Is it just me, or does the [name]Aynsley[/name] spelling seem more masculine while [name]Ainsley[/name] is more feminine? That [name]Ainslie[/name] [name]Henderson[/name] was male, but with the -ie ending it seems frilly.