Hebrew, or Turkish
"oak tree, or halo, moonlight"

Ayla Origin and Meaning

The name Ayla is a girl's name of Hebrew, Turkish origin meaning "oak tree, or halo, moonlight".

Tired of Ava and Isla? Consider Ayla, a more offbeat choice and a lovely name that means light as well as tree. Its literary reference is the independent and feisty heroine of Jean Auel's The Clan of the Cave Bear.

Ayla has been slowly but (mostly) steadily climbing the US popularity list since 1997, and broke into the Top 100 names for girls in 2022. It's also a notably international name, in the Top 100 in every other major English-speaking nation along with several European countries.

Ayla's only big downside is the same as its reason for popularity: its similarity to Ava and Isla and inevitable confusion with those two names. People who choose Ayla to be different from those two names may field much confusion from people mistaking the name for one of its more popular sisters.

# 98 in the US

Ayla Rank in US Top 1000

# 94 on Nameberry

Ayla Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Ayla Popularity

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Famous People Named Ayla

  • Ayla Marie KellAmerican actress
  • Ayla Marie BrownAmerican singer
  • Ayla SchwartzAmerican actress
  • Ayla AlganTurkish actress
  • Ayla DikmenTurkish singer
  • Ayla Akat AtaTurkish MP
  • Ayla MalikPakistani politician
  • Ayla Razadaughter of former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf
  • Ayla Thornton (b. 2010)daughter of ice hockey player Joe Thornton
  • Ayla Collins (b. 2015)daughter of late rugby union player Jerry Collins
  • Ayla Mauresmo (b. 2017)daughter of tennis player and coach Amelie Mauresmo

Ayla in Pop Culture

  • Aylamain character in the Clan of the Cave Bear/Earth's Children series by Jean Auel
  • Ayla Ranzz aka Lightning Lasscharacter in DC Comics
  • Princess Aylacharacter in video game "Chrono Trigger"
  • Ayla Bellimother in video game "Haunting Ground"
  • "Ayla: The Daughter of War" 2017 Turkish film and its main character
  • "Ayla" song by The Maccabees
  • Ayla in scottish means "from a strong and resilient place"in Turkish means "halo around the moon" or simply "moonlight" and in Sanskrit means "light".