Speaking as an Ashlee in a sea of Ashley's growing up, I always liked that my name was a little different. Sure, it was a hassle to spell it at times, but my class of 100 had 8 other Ashley's, so it was nice to be stand out a bit, even if it was just one letter :).
That being said - I'm named after one of the best men I know (his middle name is Lee), so that makes me appreciate it even more. I would hate if I was stuck with the name Asheleaigh or something like that lol!
Very interesting article!