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Gender: F Pronunciation: eye-YELL-it or EYE-leht Meaning of Ayelet: "deer, gazelle" Origin of Ayelet: Hebrew

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Ayelet is an unusual -- and somewhat challenging -- Israeli name familiar thanks to sometimes controversial Jerusalem-born novelist-essayist Ayelet Waldman.

Well used in Israel, the name was taken from the phrase 'ayelet hashachar', meaning 'gazelle of dawn', the morning star.

Other related Hebrew choices with the same meaning are Aya and Ayala.

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Famous People Named Ayelet

Ayelet Waldman, writer

Pop Culture References for the Name Ayelet

Reminiscent of eyelet (the term for a hole sewn in fabric)...