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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Ayla

A simple and sweet name of Hebrew origin, Ayla has various meanings. It signifies an oak tree, a halo, or moonlight. Some consider the name to have Turkish origins too, where it means ‘with the moon.’ The name derives from the Turkish ‘ay,’ which means moon or month. The suffix ‘la’ means ‘presence with.’ In Hebrew, it could also mean ‘doe’ or ‘gazelle.’ In Sanskrit, Ayla means ‘light’ or ‘born of knowledge.’

The name’s meaning in Scottish implies ‘from a strong place,’ and ‘bringer of light’ in Finnish. It can be related to the names Aylin, Tülin, or Aylanur. It is also considered a variant of the feminine Arabic name ‘Aliya,’ which means ‘sublime’ or ‘large.’

Ayla has been a popular name in Turkish communities but other parts of the world are also warming up to this name. An old name, Ayla has many variations. Some of the major versions of it include Aila, Ajla, Aylin, Aylanur, and Tülin.

The 2017 film ‘Ayla: The Daughter of War’ brought the name under spotlight with its nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. The film is based on the true story of Suleiman Dilbirliği, who fought in the 1950s Korean War. He names an orphaned five-year-old Korean girl ‘Ayla’ after he finds her alone in the moonlight.

You will also find many other references to this name in popular culture. In Earth’s Children, a book series written by Jean Auel starting from 1980, the main character’s name is Ayla, a Cro-Magnon raised by Neanderthals. The series was adapted into a film in 1986 titled ‘The Clan of the Cave Bear,’ where Ayla was portrayed by Daryl Hannah as the older version and by Nicole Eggert as the younger version.

Blue-eyed Ayla is a prominent character in the 1980s movie, ‘The Clan of the Cave Bear.’ Ayla Ranzz is also a figure in the DC Comics universe. Ayla is also the name of a song by The Maccabees. You may also be familiar with Ayla in the video game Chrono Trigger. Thus, this interesting name is well-loved by many worldwide.


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Oak tree, or Halo, Moonlight
Hebrew, Turkish
 A..  Ae..  Ael..  Ail..  Ala..  All..  Aul.. 

How To Pronounce Ayla?


Famous People With The Name Ayla

  • Ayla Marie KellAmerican actress renowned for playing Payson Keeler in Make It or Break It.
  • Ayla BrownAmerican recording artist and among top 16 contestants on season 5 of American Idol.
  • Ayla AksuAmerican Turkish tennis player who represented Turkey from 2010 to 2012 after which she switched to represent the United States
  • Ayla SchwartzAmerican actress currently portraying young Elsa in the Disney’s Frozen musical
  • Ayla AlganFilm and stage actress who also has a singing career
  • Ayla Akat AtaTurkish jurist and the co-founder of the Free Women’s Congress
  • Ayla ErduranTurkish violinist who graduated with the first prize from Paris Conservatory

Ayla On The Popularity Chart

Almost non-existent in the 80s, Ayla started gaining ground in the 2000s. Take a look at the graphical representations below.

Popularity Over Time

From just six babies per million in 1980, Ayla’s popularity has risen to 2566 in 2021.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

From 9216 in 1981, Ayla’s rank has improved considerably to 108th rank in 2021.

Source: Social Security Administration

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