Ayla (name)

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Pronunciation [ajla]
Gender Female
Word/name Turkish
Meaning Turkish: "Halo of light around the moon (or the sun)"
Region of origin Turkey
Other names
Related names Aylin, Aylanur, Tülin

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 a name in other languages.

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."[2] "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.

The name may have its roots in old Persian, where it means moonlight.[citation needed]

Non-Turkish variants[edit]

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