National Ashton Day is celebrated on December 22 each year. Ashton is a given name in English-speaking countries. There are several towns and villages in England, New Zealand, America, Australia, Canada, and South Africa called Ashton. Initially, it was a surname, but today it’s a familiar first name for boys and girls. Ashton is a scarce name with only 7,000 Americans with the name. Celebrities like actor, creator, and host of the MTV prank show “Punk’d,” Ashton Kutcher, has contributed to its rise in popularity in recent years.
History of National Ashton Day
Ashton, which means ‘ash tree town,’ is a popular name in England. The most well-known holder of the title is Ashton Kutcher, an American actor, model, comedian, and producer. He was born on February 7, 1978, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was raised in a traditional Catholic home and discovered his passion for acting in high school, appearing in various plays. In 1996, Kutcher went on study biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa and it was here that he was approached by a modeling scout who persuaded him to take part in a contest. He won first place and a trip to a New York modeling agency.
Kutcher’s experiences there led him to believe that being a star was his destiny. Before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his acting goals, he had a brief modeling career. As Michael Kelso on “That 70’s Show,” Kutcher had a successful debut. He starred in the comedy “Dude, Where’s My Car?,” and also “The Butterfly Effect.” He also picked up where Charlie Sheen left off in the show “Two and a Half Men.” Kutcher’s next move was pranking celebrities using a hidden camera in a show he called “Punk’d” which had its debut in 2013.
Ashton James Eaton broke the indoor heptathlon world record. Eaton is the third Olympian to earn back-to-back gold medals and the only athlete in the decathlon to surpass the 9,000 — point threshold. Eaton, who was born on January 21st, 1988, was a natural competitor in basketball, football, running, and wrestling. He received seven gold and one silver medal.
National Ashton Day timeline
Ashton Kutcher stars in a box office hit, “Dude, Where’s My Car?”; which cost $13 million to produce but made $73 million in earnings.
Ashton Kutcher launches “Punk’d,” his hidden camera T.V. show.
Ashton Eaton wins his first international gold medal at the I.A.A.F. World Championships.
Ashton Eaton’s final competition was the decathlon at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro where he won the gold medal.
National Ashton Day FAQs
Is Ashton a boy or girl name?
Ashton is a unisex name, similar to Ashley.
What is the nickname for Ashton?
Common nicknames for Ashton are Ash, Ashie, and Ashy.
What does Ashton mean?
Ashton is an old English name for a place called ‘ash tree town.’
National Ashton Day Activities
Watch an episode of “Punk’d”
The MTV prank show "Punk'd" was undoubtedly a part of your viewing if you were a child in the 2000s. If not, National Ashton Day gives you the chance to experience it for the first time.
Prepare a special meal
Prepare a special recipe in honor of National Ashton Day. Don't forget to invite any Ashtons you may know to join you for dinner. Make sure it’s his favorite meal!
Get an engraved pendant
If your name is Ashton or the name of one of your loved ones is Ashton, you can get an engraved pendant with that name. You can also purchase an Ashton bracelet or necklace.
5 Awesome Facts About Ashton
The polar opposites
Ashton Kutcher majored in biological engineering, although his "That 70's Show" character Michael Kelso was a lovable dunce.
It’s in the blood
American decathlete Ashton Eaton was born into an athlete family; his grandfather and father played football, while his mother was an athlete and dancer.
First to get a million followers
Ashton Kutcher was the first person on Twitter to get a million followers.
Practice for the future
Long before he became the host of “Punk’d,” Ashton Kutcher got into trouble in high school for a felony burglary after breaking into the school grounds.
Fruit diet that went south
While preparing for his role as Steve Jobs in the film “Jobs,” Ashton Kutcher went on a fruit-only diet that resulted in his hospitalization.
Why We Love National Ashton Day
The name has been called gender-neutral
Boys and girls can be named Ashton. It is a flexible and ambiguous name.
The name is unique
The name Ashton is unique. Simply put, you don't run into that many people with it.
It has star power
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the name is associated with famous figures. Ashton Kutcher and Ashton Eaton are two great examples.
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