Aisling (name)

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This painting by Pierre-Cécile Puvis de Chavannes depicts an aisling.
Meaningaisling, meaning a "dream", a "vision"
Other names
Short form(s)Ash

Aisling is an Irish language feminine given name meaning "dream" or "vision" and referring to an aisling, a poetic genre that developed during the late 17th and 18th century in Irish language genre poetry. Aisling was not used as a given name before the 20th century.[1]

There are many variant anglicised forms of the name, including Ashling, Aislin, Aislinn, Aislene, Ashlyn and Ashlynn.[1] Pronunciation of the name also varies, with the most common pronunciation being /ˈæʃlɪŋ/ ASH-ling; other forms acceptable to Irish speakers are /ˈæʃlɪn/ ASH-lin and /ˈæʃln/ ASH-leen. Others, such as /ˈzlɪŋ/ AYZ-ling, /ˈæslɪŋ/ ASS-ling and /ˈslɪŋ/ AYSS-ling, do not follow the Gaelic pronunciation.[citation needed]

The name Aisling was the thirty-first most popular name for baby girls in Ireland in 2005. Ashlyn was the 140th most popular name for baby girls in the United States in 2006, while its variant spelling Ashlynn was ranked at 293 for baby girls in 2006 in the United States. Ashlyn is also occasionally regarded as a modern name derivation from Ashley and Lynn.[2]


Fictional characters[edit]

  • Aisling, the titular subject in the song "Aisling", on Shane MacGowan's 1994 album The Snake
  • Aisling, the main character in Malinda Lo's novel Ash
  • Aisling, in the Irish animated TV programme Ballybraddan
  • Aisling, a character in the novel Diary of an Oxygen Thief by Anonymous
  • Aisling, a hero in the video game Gigantic
  • Aisling, in the novel Son of the Shadows
  • Aisling, aspiring film director in the play Stones in His Pockets
  • Aisling, a young faerie girl, in the animated film The Secret of Kells
  • Aislinn, the main character in Melissa Marr's novel Wicked Lovely
  • Ashlynn, in the video game Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation
  • Aisling Duval, a princess of the Empire in the video game Elite: Dangerous
  • Aisling Laffrey, a character in the video game Path of Exile, member of Immortal Syndicate
  • Aisling "Ash" McCarthy, one of the two main characters in the novel Like
  • Aisling O'Connor, a main character in the novel Light a Penny Candle
  • Aisling O'Dowd, a character in the television show Can't Cope, Won't Cope
  • Aislinn Wishart, a character in the Japanese manga Saki
  • Ashling, the Pilgrim, a character in the TCG Magic: The Gathering female fire elemental, traveling through her world.
  • Aisling, a recurring character in the British-made sitcom Derry Girls
  • Aislinn, Queen Aislinn was the wife of the tyrant King Freyne, and the mother of King Einon in the movie Dragonheart
  • Aisling Querelle, a character in the television show Carnival Row
  • Ashelin, a character in the Jak and Daxter video game series, introduced in Jak II
  • Aisling, the protagonist of the book series "Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling" by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Aisling". Behind the Name.
  2. ^ "Ashlyn". Behind the Name.