- a male or female given name.
- Jack, Baron. 1922–2012, British Labour politician and campaigner for deaf and disabled people
- 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 (n.2) + ).