ash-leen, ash-lin
"dream, vision"

Aisling Origin and Meaning

The name Aisling is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "dream, vision".

Aisling is currently a very popular Irish name for girls. 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 Popularity

Famous People Named Aisling

  • Aisling LoftusIrish,English actress
  • Aisling FranciosiIrish actress
  • Aisling SistrunkAmerican actress
  • Aisling O'SullivanIrish actress
  • Aisling DalyIrish mixed martial artist
  • Aisling BeaIrish actress/comedienne
  • Aisling Jarvisdaughter of Irish singer Moya Brennan
  • Aisling WalshIrish director

Aisling in Pop Culture

  • Aisling O'Connorcharacter in "Light a Penny Candle" by Maeve Binchy
  • Aislingforest spirit in the 2009 animated film "The Secret of Kells"
  • Aisling Greymain character in Katie MacAlister's Guardian series
  • Aislingmain character in "Ash" by Malinda Lo
  • AislingFey character in Laurell K. Hamilton's Meredith Gentry series
  • Aisling 'Ash' McCarthymain character in Ali Smith's "Like"
  • Aislingcharacter in the Irish animated TV series "Ballybraddan"
  • Aislingcharacter in Juliet Marillier's Sevenwaters trilogy
  • Aislingcharacter in Marie Jones' "Stones in His Pockets"
  • Aislingbook by Peter Tremayne
  • Aisling Koppcharacter in James Frey's trilogy »ENDGAME«
  • Aisling O’Dowdcharacter in TV series “Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope”