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Ayla (name)

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

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

Ayla in Turkish means "halo of light around the moon". 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." "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

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

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.


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  • Ayla Kell, American Actress.
  • Ayla (producer) (Ingo Kunzi), a German producer.
  • Safiye Ayla Targan (born 1907), a singer of Turkish classical music.
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  • Fictional people

  • 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.
  • References

    Ayla (name) Wikipedia

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