Ayla Name Meaning & Origin

Ayla

Pronunciation: AY-lə (key)

Origin of the name Ayla:

Variant of the Hebrew Eilah (oak tree). Var: Eilah, Eila, Ela, Elah, Eyla.

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Comments and insights on the name Ayla: | Edit

There is a Turkish version of this name pronounced "eye-la."

My name is Ayla and yes my name has been pronounced in odd ways but that is part of life, being called other ways from you real name. I would never change my name I love it it is sassy but sophisticated at the same time. I have heard of the book series The Clan of the Cave Bear. I haven't read it yet but I might. I wasn't named after the book or for any specific reason. I found out that my name is a island in the middle of Ireland and Scotland, and it just so happens that I am part both of those, I also found that my name is Turkish which means: Halo of light around the moon.

I've seen many people point out how everyone gets the name wrong and mispronounce it as "eye-la." I'm sure they believe the name is said only one way, but in actuality both ways of saying the name is correct.
They are simply following the Turkish origin of the name. Ayla in Turkish means "halo of light around the moon". The name may have its roots in old Persian, where it means moonlight. Ayla is also seen as a variant of Hebrew in the name "Eilah" which means "oak tree."

My 6 year old is named Ayla, and she often gets her name mispronounced as EYE-LA. It's pronounced exactly as it's spelled: AY-LA. I don't know why so many people mess it up.

I love this name!!! My mom was going to name me Ayla. I'm 21, and I wish she did. I love the name and have it picked for my girl.

My 3 year old is named Ayla. When someone asks her name, because she says it fast and low with her baby talk voice, they think she says "Ella." If I tell them her name, they think Kayla. Otherwise, once people learn how to really pronounce it, they love it. :)

GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: Hebrew
OTHER SCRIPTS: אֵלָה (Hebrew)

GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: Turkish

GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: Literature

GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: Medieval German

Personal experiences with the name Ayla: | Edit

My daughters name is Ayla, pronounced the traditional Turkish way (eye-la). This name has been in my family for a long time and I have always loved it. We get a lot of incorrect pronunciations but I knew that we would. The Scottish spelling of this name is Isla.

Hello, I am 19 and my name is Ayla. My mom always said if she had a baby girl she would name her Ayla because of that book, also. And yes, I have the problem with everyone pronouncing it wrong like eye-la, too. It happens all the time. But I love my name and I would never change it. I love it because it is so unique!!!

Ayla Jane was named after my grandmother, Anna Jane. I read the Earth's children series when I was young and re-read it while I was pregnant with her. It goes well with her personality because she is strong willed and was born with blonde hair and blue eyes. Her siblings are Ember and Ryder.

Hello! My name is Ayla and I am still attending school so I shall not be releasing my age. One thing most Ayla's have in common is people mispronouncing our names. And guess what? Same thing happens to me, a lot. And since my school always has substitute teachers, they always say it wrong. Sometimes it's "Eye-la, Aya-la, Ai-la," and so on and so forth. I have asked my mother plenty of times and she actually named me after the book. She had named me before the movie came out. But, I have seen the movie at least once (But that was a very, very long time ago.) Although it seems like being called the wrong name is very boring, it's actually funny, and since everybody in my class knows my name, everybody ends up correcting the teacher. I actually really love my name! I would say it's very beautiful and sophisticated. And usually some people think that some names sound too old or too young for the person who owns the name, but I think Ayla is a name that you could be comfortable having for all of your years. And if I had the choice to change my name, I wouldn't.

Nicknames for Ayla: | Edit

Aylie,
Lali,
La-la,
Aylaroo (like Kangaroo.)
Ayla-Bug,
Ayla-boo

Meanings and history of the name Ayla: | Edit

Variant transcription of ELAH.

Means "moonlight, halo" in Turkish.

Created for the novel 'Clan of the Cave Bear' (1980) by author Jean M. Auel. In the novel Ayla is an orphaned Cro-Magnon girl adopted by Neanderthals. Ayla is the Neanderthal pronunciation of her real name, which is not given.

Short form of names containing the Germanic name element agil "edge (of a sword)".

Famous real-life people named Ayla: | Edit

Ayla Kell (born 1990), American actress
Ayla Brown (born 1988), American singer

Ayla in song, story & screen: | Edit

Ayla is the main character in the Earth's Children book series by Jean M. Auel

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