Gender: Feminine
Origin: Turkish
Meaning: “halo; moonlight.”

The name is derived from the Turkish word, ay (moon), denoting halo or moonlight.

Ayla makes an appearance in Jean M. Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear as the name of the Cro-Magnum heroine.

Currently, its Bosnian form of Ajla is the 5th most popular female name in Bosnia & Herzegovina, (2010). Her rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 83 (Canada, BC, 2010)
  • # 217 (Germany, 2011)
  • #351 (United States, 2010)
  • # 444 (the Netherlands, 2010)
Other forms of the name include:
  • Ajla (Albanian/Bosnian/Tatar)
  • Ajly Айлы (Tartar)
  • Ajta Аыта (Tatar)

The name could also be a variant transcription of the Hebrew, Elah אֵלָה , meaning “oak” or “terebinth tree.”


One thought on “Ayla

  1. Really pretty name. Interesting that Angelina Jolie chose this name for the tragic character played by Zana Marjanovic in The Land of Blood and Honey.

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