Turkish: "Halo of light around the moon (or the sun)" Scottish: "From a strong or resilient place"Hebrew: "Oak tree"
|Region of origin||Turkey; Israel; Turkic Republics; British Isles|
|Related names||Aylin, Aylanur, Tülin, Aila, Isla, Eilah|
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 (producer) (Ingo Kunzi), a German producer
- Ayla Algan (born 1937), a Turkish film/stage actress and singer
- Ayla Akat Ata, lawyer and politician
- Ayla Brown (born 1988), American artist
- Ayla Dikmen (born 1944), a Turkish singer
- Ayla Erduran (born 1934), a Turkish violin player
- Ayla Kalkandelen (1939–2002), Turkish entomologist
- Ayla Kell, American actress
- 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 The Clan of the Cave Bear in the Earth's Children series by Jean Auel.
- Ayla Ranzz.
- Ayla (Chrono Trigger), a player character in the video game Chrono Trigger.
- Ayla (disambiguation)
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