Thoughts on Ainsley

I’ve always liked the name [name]Ainsley[/name]. It seems the general census, nowdays, is that it’s more a girls name rather then a boys. I wouldn’t think twice about naming a little girl [name]Ainsley[/name] if I was going to have a baby…I’m not. I’m was born in 1976 and I went to public school with a boy named [name]Ainsley[/name]. I went to a small school of about 120 kids. This boy moved away in grade 6. Once I got to high school there was 3 boys named [name]Ainsley[/name] that I knew of and the high school I went to was on the small side…1200 kids or so.

I’ll get to the point. I want to use the name for a male character in a story I’m working on. The character is in his early 30’s. What’s your general thoughts on the name? [name]Do[/name] you perfer it for a boy or girl? [name]Do[/name] you know anybody with the name? Are they male or female?

As I said I like it. It’s on the soft side so if I’m gonna use it for this character I’d need to pair it with a rougher sounding or stronger surname.

I really like [name]Ainsley[/name]. I’ve never met anyone with this name, so for me it’s a girl name, mostly because of the [name]West[/name] [name]Wing[/name] character [name]Ainsley[/name] [name]Hayes[/name]; she was funny, tough, weird, smart, quirky and beautiful.
I guess I can see it on a boy, and for a story it would be no problem at all.

I can see it for a male character in a story, definitely. It reminds me of the dashing “[name]Ashley[/name]” in “Gone With the Wind”.

[name]Male[/name], for sure - if you must, but honestly I find it one of the most unattractive names, like, ever.

I know the most adorable little two year old girl named [name]Ainsley[/name] with cornsilk golden curls and the biggest china blue eyes you’ve ever seen. Because of this association, I’d be a little surprised to find it on a boy, and I would unconsciously expect the character to be similar to [name]Ashley[/name] as PP said. In stories you can get away with anything, though.

Sessha has a point. [name]Jayne[/name] fro Firefly, anyone? :wink:

Thanks fellow berries for responding. I too can so see it on a little girl. And because I knew a few boys growing up with the name, I can see it as boys too. I’ve never watched [name]West[/name] [name]Wing[/name] so I don’t know who the character [name]Ainsley[/name] [name]Hayes[/name] is. Maybe I’ll have to check it out. :slight_smile:

I have only heard it on girls. I hate it either way. I always think “anus” when I hear it.

I know three girls named [name]Ainsley[/name], so it’s all girl to me.

I love the name, with the exception of the y ending. I prefer [name]Ainslie[/name], but I’m the only one. I’d love to meet a real live [name]Ainsley[/name].

Personally I just see it as another surname-name, I don’t know anyone with this name and think that it could work on either a boy or a girl, though as with most surname-turned-names I can see it more on a male.:slight_smile:

My name is [name]Ainslie[/name] and personally I’ve always hated it.

I know a few other girls with the name but have only met one boy.

I’ve only met girl [name]Ainsley[/name]'s…and I’ve known quite a few. [name]One[/name] even has a strong male surname and it never once crossed my mind that [name]Ainsley[/name] could be a boys name. It’s all girl to me.

I do assume [name]Ainsley[/name] is a girl, but have always found the “ains/pains” sound unpleasant.