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

The name Aisling is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "dream, vision". Aisling and is often added to lists like Mystical Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Aisling

Aisling Loftus, Irish-English actress
Aisling Franciosi, Irish actress
Aisling Sistrunk, American actress
Aisling O'Sullivan, Irish actress
Aisling Daly, Irish mixed martial artist
Aisling Bea, Irish actress/comedienne
Aisling Jarvis, daughter of Irish singer Moya Brennan
Aisling Walsh, Irish director

Pop Culture References for the name Aisling

Aisling O'Connor, character in "Light a Penny Candle" by Maeve Binchy
Aisling, forest spirit in the 2009 animated film "The Secret of Kells"
Aisling Grey, main character in Katie MacAlister's Guardian series
Aisling, main character in "Ash" by Malinda Lo
Aisling, Fey character in Laurell K. Hamilton's Meredith Gentry series
Aisling 'Ash' McCarthy, main character in Ali Smith's "Like"
Aisling, character in the Irish animated TV series "Ballybraddan"
Aisling, character in Juliet Marillier's Sevenwaters trilogy
Aisling, character in Marie Jones' "Stones in His Pockets"
Aisling, book by Peter Tremayne
Aisling Kopp, character in James Frey's trilogy »ENDGAME«


Starelli Says:


I knew a girl who pronounced it phonetically, like "Ais-ling."

Toya B Says:


I know a Ciara Aisling, who pronounces it as Ashling, as said. It's a lovely name, but especially with two Irish names she gets a lot of confusion. It took so long for people at school to pronounce even her first name correctly, and I'm not sure whether they will ever remember Aisling...

eveyalecia Says:


I knew a girl growing up with this name, but she pronounced it Aze-ling. I prefer that to ash-lin and ash-ling, but ash-LEEN is pretty.

KaidenC Says:


I actually know someone with this name, and she pronounces it as ACE-ling

SimoneKadele Says:


I love this name. As someone else said, it reminds me of the forest sprite in The Secret of Kells. It's everything Ashley might have been a couple decades ago.

caetano Says:


I like it pronounced ace-ling

AriellaBar Says:


I LOVE this magical name. I think of that forest fairy girl in The Secret of Kells.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I prefer the incorrect pronunciation Aze-ling

actingfun Says:


I like the pronunciations ASH-lin and ash-LEEN. ASH-ling reminds me of ducklings, lol.

yvonne_virginia Says:


I love this name, though I was sort of disappointed that the unique 'A-sling' or 'Ace-ling' that I thought it was was not the real pronunciation, and that it was pronouced like the more common 'Ashlynn.'

Theosmum Says:


This is a beautiful name! I would use it.