|Meaning||Turkish: "Halo of light around the moon (or the sun)"|
|Region of origin||Turkey|
|Related names||Aylin, Aylanur, Tülin|
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Since Ayla is reserved for the feminine, it is usually synonymous with "moonlight", although it could also mean "halo" in general. "Ay" means "moon" in Turkish, so that "Ayla" means the "halo around the moon." "Ayla" also means "with the moon" as a word ("ay" + "la" where "la" is used for "ile" which means "with" in Turkish). However in the context of given names, its meaning is halo, and can be related to names Aylin (also deriving from "ay"), Tülin, or Aylanur.
Ayla is sometimes falsely identified as a variant of feminine Arabic name "Aaliyah" meaning "sublime" or "large". "Aaliyah" is actually the female form of "Aali" and is an unrelated name. The Turkish variant of "Aaliyah" is closer to "Aliye" not "Alya." 
Ayla can be seen to bear similarities in phonetics to the word aura. Aura has its etymological roots in Greek. The Greek words aer—meaning "mist" or "air"—and aura—meaning "breeze" or "breath"—came to be connected to the concept of the east wind and dawn radiance.
- Ayla Algan (born 1937), a Turkish film/stage actress and singer.
- Ayla Brown (born 1988), American artist.
- Ayla Dikmen (born 1944), a Turkish singer.
- Ayla Kell, American Actress.
- Ayla (producer) (Ingo Kunzi), a German producer.
- Safiye Ayla Targan (born 1907), a singer of Turkish classical music.
- Ayla (Earth's Children)
- Ayla, played by Daryl Hannah in the 1986 film The Clan of the Cave Bear (movie) based on the novel Earth's Children
- Ayla Ranzz
- Ayla (Chrono Trigger), a player character in the video game Chrono Trigger
- Ayla (disambiguation)
- Notable People in Turkish Wikipedia:
- Docent Dr. Ayla Kalkandelen, scientist focusing on entomology, who named 10 taxon and after whom 5 were named (see Turkish Wikipedia article).
- Ayla Kutlu, a Turkish author (see Turkish Wikipedia article).
- Ayla Oral, a Turkish poet (see Turkish Wikipedia article).
- Ayla Akat Ata, lawyer and politician (see Turkish Wikipedia article).
- Ayla Karaca, a Turkish actress (see Turkish Wikipedia article).
- Ayla Erduran, violinist (see Turkish Wikipedia article).
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