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

The name Ayelet is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "deer, gazelle". Ayelet and is often added to lists like Names with Animal Meanings and discussed in our forums with posts like "Make suggestions based on previous person's signature".

From the experts:

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
Ayelet Zurer, Israeli actress
Ayelet Shaked, Israeli politican, activist, and computer engineer

Pop Culture References for the name Ayelet

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


Loli Says:


I am an Israeli and the right pronunciation is: Aa - Yeh - Leht.

autumnreverie Says:


Pronounced that way it sounds like eyelid.

autumnreverie Says:


I've been pronouncing it as eye-uh-let.

Yessica Says:



RoddyThlayli Says:


Beautiful! Awesome meaning as well.

snowsbeloved Says:


So pretty!! I like the EYE-leht pronunciation...sounds like Violet but gentler and more exotic and less trendy.