Ayla (name)

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Pronunciation [ajla]
Gender Female

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
Other names
Related names Aylin, Aylanur, Tülin, Aila, Isla, Eilah

Ayla is a common feminine given name in Turkish. In that language, it means "halo of light around the moon". Less commonly, it is also encountered in other languages, like Hebrew and Scottish.

Turkish name[edit]

Ayla in Turkish means "halo of light around the moon".[1] The name may also be encountered in other Turkic languages as, for example, 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."[1] "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.

Non-Turkish variants[edit]

Ayla can also be seen as a variant of Hebrew name "Eilah" which means "oak tree."[2]

Also, Ayla can be seen as a variant of the name Aila (or Isla) from Scottish meaning "from a strong and resilient place."[3]

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." [4]

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.


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