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Meaning and Origin of: Ainslie

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Scottish : My meadow

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English and Scottish : habitational name from Ansley in Warwickshire or Annesley in Nottinghamshire (see Ansley). The modern surname is found chiefly in the border regions of Scotland and northern England, having been taken north from England to Scotland in the Middle Ages, probably by a Norman baron.
  • The poet Hew Ainslie (1792–1878) emigrated from Ayrshire, Scotland, to the U.S. in 1822 and became a prominent citizen of Louisville, KY.