Gender: Female Pronunciation: AYL-suh Meaning of Ailsa: "elf victory" Origin of Ailsa: Scottish from Norse

Ailsa Origin and Meaning

The name Ailsa is a girl's name of Scottish origin meaning "elf victory".

Ailsa is a traditional Scottish name for girls related to a rocky island in the Firth of Clyde called Ailsa Craig. It might make an interesting alternative to the outdated Ashley or overly popular Ella, and could also be thought of as a relative of Elizabeth or Elsa.

Some other Ailsa relatives: Ailis, Ailse, Ailsha, Allasa, Elsha, Elshe.

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loiswrenmatthews Says:


I went to school with a girl named Ailsa and she was a lovely young lady … very polite, intelligent, and kind-natured … this name reminds me of her, which I why I enjoy the sound of this name. Although, she was often called ell-sa, not ay-ill-sa.

Kokomoky Says:


I’m just going to come out and say it. Ailsa sounds like Elsa’s redneck cousin.

indiefendi2 Says:


I think it's lovely for a Scottish girl but I just don't really see it "working" in America. if that makes sense.

Maerad Says:


I grew up next door to a girl called Ailsa. I adore the name but because of how close our families are I could never get away with using it. I just love how it looks and sounds.

ShunPun Says:


I love the meaning, but the pronunciation is not sitting right with me.

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TheHumanCanvas Says:


My name is Ailsa, and I love it! But the number of Christmas cards I've gotten with Elsa written on them is infuriating. I actually love the name Elsa now, courtesy of Disney. But apparently the two names are really easy to get mixed up.

lisaskye Says:


With my accent, sounds exactly like Elsa, which is still a nice name.

Myosotis Says:


I really love this name! It's so beautiful, and has a magical edge to it, possibly because of the meaning. I agree that it sounds like something out of a fantasy book without being too out there or over the top. For some reason I prefer the 'ail' sound at the beginning to just 'El' like in Elsa.

Essa Says:


Definitely worth a thought if you like Elsa but are too worried about the Disney connotations.

Manda Colburn Says:


Can't get over "Ail" in the front.

EvaThyssen Says:


Looks like a misspelled Alyssa.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


Elsa with a southern accent...

leonoras Says:


I agree, it does sound like Elsa. Perhaps a fun way of almost getting (my new favourite) Disney princess? The meaning is also cool. It makes me think of Legolas, Arwen and Elrond fighting orcs.

sorciereblanche Says:


To me, it sounds like Elsa with a country accent.

geeknamezyo Says:


Majorly in love with this name right now!