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Gender: F Meaning of Aisling: "dream, vision" Origin of Aisling: Irish

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Aisling is currently a very popular name in Ireland. Pronounced variously as ASH-ling, ASH-lin or ash-LEEN, it was part of the revival of authentic Irish names in the twentieth century, and is now being sparingly used by U.S. parents in place of the dated Ashley--though often spelled phonetically as Ashlyn or Ashlynn.

An aisling is a poetic genre that developed in late seventeenth century Ireland, a type of patriotic-romantic poetry in which Ireland is addressed as a beautiful woman.

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Aisling Loftus - British-born actress of Irish descent, known for playing Agnes Towler on Mr. Selfridge

Pop Culture References for the Name Aisling

During the 16th to 19th centuries, this word was used to describe a form of Irish poetry.
Aisling O'Connor, a character in the book "Light a Penny Candle" by Maeve Binchy
Aisling, a forest spirit in the 2009 animated film "The Secret of Kells"