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|Meaning||Turkish: "Halo of light around the moon (or the sun)"|
|Region of origin||Turkey|
|Related names||Aylin, Aylanur|
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Ayla is a feminine given name in Turkish.
Ayla is a common Turkish feminine name that means "halo of light around the moon." The name may also be encountered in other Turkic languages, for example, as an Azeri name.
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), but in the context of given names, its meaning is halo, and can be related to names Aylin (also deriving from "ay"), Tülin, or Aylanur.
The name may have its roots in old Persian, where it means moonlight.
|Meaning:||"Halo (aura) around the moon" (Turkish)|
|Related Names:||Aylin, Tülin|
Variants and Comparative Linguistics
"Ayla" can be seen as a variant of Hebrew name "Eilah" which means "oak tree." 
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 and meaning to the word aura. Aura has its etymological roots in Greek. The Greek word aer meaning "mist" or "air" and also aura meaning "breeze" or "breath" came to be connected to the concept of the east wind and dawn radiance. This rather tenuous connection created a whole new set of related words, including aurum meaning "gold" (hence the elemental symbol Au), the English word aureole from the diminutive of "a golden crown," meaning "radiant energy" or "halo," and the Germanic goddess Eastre whose feast was celebrated at the Spring equinox and therefore gives us "Easter". This goddess is comparable to the Roman goddess of dawn Aurora and the equivalent Greek goddess Eos.
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