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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Ayla
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Ayla in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Ayla:
Records indicate that 11,926 girls in the United States have been named Ayla since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 2012, when 1,284 people in the U.S. were given the name Ayla. Those people are now 7 years old.
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Comments about the name Ayla
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72 Positive Comments
"My name is Ayla, and people often pronounce it I-luh instead of A-luh, and they also sometimes spell it Alya, which is funny because I'm just like, "Alya is my name backwards!!"" Oct. 14, 2018:
"My Name is Ayla and my parents named me after the book Clain Of The Cave bears and people missay my name a lot and I don?t really like it so I have to tell them is Kayla but with out the K but I abosutly love my name and now it seems like theirs a lot of Ayla?s popping up now which is crazy but aweosme at the same time" Oct. 25, 2017:
"A lot of people pronounce and spell Ayla wrong.my name is Ayla marks" Aug. 13, 2017:
"We named our daughter Ayla, and she is now 4 and we couldn't be happier with our choice. We pronounce it Ay-la like Kayla without a K, and she does get called Isla (eye-la) on occasion but we have a friend that just named her baby Isla and that is the spelling I am familiar with for that pronunciation. Both names are beautiful so it's ok, and I have even taught my daughter to graciously correct them, but it doesn't seem to bother her. People then usually comment what a beautiful name it is. We hadn't heard of clan of the cave bear until after we named it, and I loved it even more after reading the book!! If you're considering naming your child Ayla I highly recommend it. And we have only met one other Ayla ever so I love how unique yet simple it is!!" Apr. 7, 2017:
"My name is Ayla and people even teachers say it as Ila which I do not get." Feb. 9, 2016:
"My name is Ayla, and I love it. I was named after The Clan of the Cave Bears. I'm so used to people mispronouncing my name, that other people in my school correct the subs. I am trying to gather all of the people that were named after Ayla from The Clan of the Cave bears. I am in contact with Jean Auel (author of the clan of the cave bears). My email is email@example.com Thank you!" Dec. 24, 2014:
"I named my daughter Ayla Rain. I read the Jean M. Auel books when I was pregnant and loved how the character Ayla always overcame obstacles and was so strong. She is 23 now, 5'9" tall with long wavy blonde hair and big blue eyes. Her great grand mothers thought I named her after them "Lorraine"... Ayla Rain" Dec. 5, 2014:
"I so so sooo love this name. :) and also my name is Ayla, and I couldn't be more proud. My mum give me that name after Jean M. Auel's books. She read all the parts in a week if I remember right. She told me. Ayla is a unique name, and I also experience little trouble with other people pronoucing it, but I don't mind, I correct them. I would never change my name." Oct. 16, 2014:
"We named our daughter Ayla("A-luh") in 2006, which was inspired by the American Idol singer "Ayla Brown". When we saw our daughter on the 3D/4D ultrasound, she was making a motion with her hand like she was shooting a basket and the singer was a college basketball player. My husband remarked "look a little Ayla" and the name just stuck. She is a beautiful, strong, energetic and artistic little girl, our princess Ayla :)" Apr. 8, 2014:
"This is my daughter name ayla I think it is beautiful just like her she is 1 in 23 days,l ever one comments on it to as been pretty just like her and how thy have never heard off it ! I love the meaning of aylas name and hope she grows up to love it jst as much as we do! I would t change it for the world we haven't heard of a other ayla wich I love" Apr. 30, 2013:
"My Daughters name is Ayla. :)
I really thought this over for many years what I would name my daughter before she was born.
I think many girls names that have A's and Y's, L's are very pretty when written out in nice hand writing. :)
Also I like alot of girls names that end with an A. :)
It kinda is like Anna.There's many Anna's.
Ayla Im surprised has'nt been used that much, but from what Iv read about this name, it gos way back to Hebrew times.
I think this name is way more beautiful and taken forgranted because of the movies they were placed in.
When I picture Ayla, I see a beautiful woman, girl and baby.
My little girl is very beautiful, she's part japanese and caucsian, with this long beautiful dark hair, she had rosy cheaks when she was born. :)
Ayla just fit her like a beautiful flower. :)" Mar. 17, 2013:
"My name is Ayla and have only met one other one when i was 5. It doesn't bother me when people mispronounce my name. i just laugh and walk away." Feb. 19, 2013:
"my name is Ayla as well and yes im Turkish. People do have troubles with spelling it and pronouncing it. I dont like how Americans make my name sound like. Its pronounced as Eye-laa not Eilla or anything like that. I have been living in the US for 2 years and people sometimes do mispronounce or misspell my name. I really love it and it means moonlight/the keeper of the moon. I love it!" Nov. 16, 2012:
"Same here! I'm only in comprehensive school but my name's Ayla and I wouldn't change it for anything. Whenever we have supply teachers they all call me Isla and it really annoys me.
BE PROUD OF YOUR NAME AND WHO YOU ARE THOUGH." Jul. 20, 2012:
"My name is Ayla I was named after the clan of the cave bears too I hate when people Misprounce my name it drives me nuts" Mar. 20, 2012:
"I love love love my name although some people do say it wrong. It's Eye-la. Even if it seems obvious to those who say it as Ay-la, that it shouldn't be too hard to pronounce, I understand but that's not how my name is said now is it? I think the other ways of saying Ayla are just as beautiful though. I have never met another Ayla before, but I sure would like too. I think my name is unique and gives me an identity and I just love the meaning." Dec. 15, 2011:
"I love reading how all the other aylas are having to deal with the same things I deal with daily. I also love reading how people say it's like kayla without the k. everytime I do that I ended getting called kayla because they seem to think that my mom would name me kayla and spell it ayla to be "unique". i swear, people are so dumb. I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl 6 months ago and named her Ainsley. I couldn't give her a normal name when my names so unique. what did all you other aylas name your children?" Nov. 9, 2011:
"people always say my name wrong its spelt ayla i love my name it stands for beautiful oak tree... im 14 and proud to have the name :}" Apr. 1, 2011:
"My name is Ayla and I was named after "Clan of the Cave Bear" people call me eye la and e la.It's so fustrating." Mar. 27, 2011:
"That is my name too. And i spell it Ayla. But people call me Eli for fun but i dont like that name i love my name my name is Ayla and i will never change it." Jan. 27, 2011:
"HI!! OMg i love reading the coments that u guys said about ayla.....i love my name and whenever some1 figures out my name theres usually a compliment like "Ayla is a beautifull and inique name and i agree" Its also very fascinating that allot of the people that has the name Ayla came from Jean Auel's books my name also came rom her and i love her cause i love my name so much it make feel very unique..........in all my life i've only met a person with a name like mine...... and 1 day i just thought that im probly the only person with the name Ayla and i loved that IM so glad that the people who has names like Ayla think its a beautifull name because it is. When i pronounce my name its like A-Lah" Jan. 22, 2011:
"I can't believe people with my name have had the same experiences as I have! Haha. I get called so many different things as well... Kayla, Alah, Eilah, Ilah, Mkayla and whatever people like to make up! Haha. I also do that whole "It's pronounced how it looks" or "Common! It's easy! Ayla... A...LAH!". I've also gotten people saying A for Ayla and my manager sings the umbrella song with my name. "Under my umbrella... ayla...ayla..ayla...AY! AY!" Haha!" Nov. 3, 2010:
"I know a girl named Ayla & everyone thinks it is really cute & no one gets her name wrong. She is actually from Turkey but, she lives in the US now. I think it's funny when she gets an A in class & people say "A" for Ayla whoo hoo. Something like that." Oct. 29, 2010:
"Hi! I'm Aylua Lenora, Kayla without the K and no one ever gets my name right first try. My mommy actually never read those books or played the game. She came up with my name when she was 14 years old :)" Sep. 15, 2010:
"I have lived all over the world and have only known 4 Ayla's. I love my name I have come not to care people that is takes 9weeks for teachers to say my name right. Ilah Elah Awah Alah It is A-lah not hard people come onnnn. Ayla is an old name meaning oak tree or moonlight." Aug. 25, 2010:
"I love my name Ayla! My brother asked my mom if I could be named Ayla because of the movie. Alot of people do pronounce it wrong. I just still can't understand why. Its not even hard. But I always LOVE LOVE correcting them until they get it right. But I always get compliments on how beautiful it the name actually is." Jun. 17, 2010:
"my name is ayla kayla without the k people NEVER pronounce it right and they say its so beautiful and unique which it is and isnt i can NEVER find anything pre personalized with my name already on it like many can and plus just end part of alot of names like kayla michalya layla etc anyway it doesnt help that the rest of my name is hard to say too ayla folole sabina ieremia thats my whole name but over all i am in love and always will love my name!" Jun. 8, 2010:
"my name is Ayla and it gets very frustrating when people call me different things but also when I type my name cuz then it marks it wrong and I have to keep adding it to the dictionary. But I havent met anyone in person with the name Ayla so I really like writing my name all over the place." Mar. 12, 2010:
"Ha ha,reading the comments I find this was in fact a great choice for my recently born daughter. Pronouced "eye-la" in our house it's amazing how many people get it right when they say it. Like a previous poster her name was from an older rpg game called chrono trigger." Feb. 9, 2010:
"My name is Ayla and people almost always pronounce it wrong. Even more commonly people misspell it. I don't car though, I love my name. It is unique and I love it!" Nov. 14, 2009:
"I named my Daughter Ayla (A-la) actually based on an older rpg game named Chrono Trigger. The game represented her as a fighter . from out of the woods (which makes sense with the oak tree hebrew translation) & better yet, a diff hebrew translation as a Goddess
My first born & she is 8 . and she will always be my "A" :)
& yes for the Aylas that are out there..aren't u being a lil tired of "ohh Ava"..ehh no it's Ayla !
"I-laa" is not a bad pronouncition ..other then u would probably only hear that in Europe.. associated with a techno/dance group (which actually is pretty good :)" Jul. 25, 2009:
"I just named my daughter Ayla (long a sound - luh). I also fell in love with the name after reading the whole Earth Children's Series (first book is Clan of the Cave Bear). I wanted to name her after the character because she is strong, independent, and beautiful. Her middle names are Jillian Marie after her grandmothers who were also strong independent beautiful women." Jun. 19, 2009:
"Yes, this is my daughter's name and lots of people misspell and pronounce it wrong. My wife pronounce it "a-luh" and I pronounce it "I-luh".But either how you say it people love this name. I got the name from a song back in 2000." Jun. 13, 2009:
"I named my daughter Ayla. I changed my mind the night before i went into the hospital. i saw it on a website and it was spelled "Isla" .. which i didnt like. so i changed it. No one's ever said anything negative about it. And i thought iit was rare. guess not haha .. still, its beautiful =]" May. 23, 2009:
"Ayla is my middle name, my mom got it from the book made into a movie called The Clan Of The Cavebear. She watched this movie a couple times when she was pregnant with me and it stuck out in her head. She thought the name was different and unique and she thought I would be that way growing up, kinda the outcast because I was unique. Well she was right lol. I love this name it's so beautiful and different. It goes well with my first name too. I love it. I was planning on naming my daughter Ayla or Jayla which is a combination of my first name and middle name." Apr. 22, 2009:
"AYYY- LAH, Kayla without the K is always how I introduce myself, because people just DONT get the name off the first hop, usually call me Alanah, Alia,Ala,Isla, its actually a great conversation starter or ice breaker, I was named based on the Jean M Aeul books/Clan of the cavebear, and absolutly love the character Ayla. One bad thing is I could never get a toothbrush or keychain with my name on it like my siblings had.. :( but my name is Ayla June and I am a singer, I am strong opinionated determined dedicated and very independant, its good to see there are more of Ayla out there than i had even imagined...keep spreading the name!!!
- Ayla is a Turkish name meaning "circle of cristalic light around the sun or moon". Since Ayla is reserved for the feminine, it is usually synonymous with "moonlight".
- Ayla also means Oak Tree or Terebinth in Hebrew and Greek.;)" Apr. 14, 2009:
"My daughter's name is Ayla, pronounced long a and then luh! People constantly mispronounce her name and we say it's just like Kayla without the K.
We named Ayla after the character in The Clan of the Cave Bear series by Jean M. Auel. It was later we found out it means "oak tree" in Hebrew...fits her well. I don't know about anyone else's Ayla, but mine is firey, opinionated, strong, and has a gift with animals and children.
We almost named her "Emily".....glad we didn't because she certainly is NOT an Emily!" Apr. 1, 2009:
"My Daughters name is Ayla Marie. She was born in May of 2008. We pronounce it a luh. I have yet to meet anyone with this name. I think it is a beautiful name. My only complaint is when I tell people what her name is the say oh, Ava. Ha." Jan. 28, 2009:
"My baby girl is named Ayla. (A Luh) She is 7 1/2 years old. I found it in a baby name book in 2000 when I was searching for an Hebrew girls name that began with "A". The Hebrew meaning is oak tree.
I had never heard of Jean Auel's books until after my daughter was born. We love the name, it fits my daughter, she loves her name too. I feel it defines her and is her identity. I thought it was pretty unique but I guess not so much anymore." Jan. 14, 2009:
"I named my daughter Ayla pronounced "eye-la" but we are playing we like prolong the Aaaaayla. I also got it from the novel of Jean Auel. I was told it also means "church"." Dec. 5, 2008:
"My name is Ayla, though i spell it like "ayila"!! .. i absolutely adore my name!! so far, i havent met anybody with the same name, and ofcourse that makes me feel unique and special!! :) i always always get compliments on my name!" Nov. 3, 2008:
"Have fallen in love with the name Ayla ever since I heard the artists by the name of Ayla, and got hooked on their music. At the time I didn't think that much of the name, but it's been 5 years since and its grown on me so much that I've got to call my daughter that. interstingly, I had no idea that it was that popular (and 7,000+ names in the US is popular for a rare name), thinking that surely nobody else would think of aa name like it. Guess I'm very pleased to be wrong." Sep. 27, 2008:
"We named our daughter Ayla and it suits her to the bone. Depending on the moment we often pronounce it differently. Either emphasising the A at the start or using eye at the start. Either way the name is the best we could find and we searched for months before Ayla was born and it was the best." Jul. 31, 2008:
"Funny thing is I had a dream about 3 years ago after my 2 year old son died from Bronchial pneumonia and in my dream I was laying on the bed with my husband and there was a little girl and she kept calling my husband Daddy and she said "mommy I love you" and I said "I love you too Ayla" it was so strange and so out of the blue. I had never heard of the name and I do not know anyone with that name so if I ever have a little girl I will name her Ayla. (pronounced 'a'-luh)I think it is such a beautiful name and I too love the turkish meaning of it." Jul. 28, 2008:
"i love my name im 22yrs old and every1 i have met says its pronounced Aaaay-la and my father is a big fan of j.m.auel and has read all the books and seen the movie and they say it that way as well" Jul. 1, 2008:
"My husband and I loved the Earth's Children series and thought that "Ayla" was such a strong and inspiring character. At first I regretted naming her with such a unique name because EVERYONE mispronounced it. But now that she is 9 yrs old, it fits her perfectly. Now she is OUR Ayla; strong, smart and sweet!" Jun. 2, 2008:
"My Name is Ayla. My mom wanted to name me something unique and special. Also, she named my Little Brother Darius. I love My name so much!" May. 23, 2008:
"My daughter's name is Ayla Marie and I can't imagine any name more beautiful that would fit her as well...now I'm having a hard time thinking of a boy name for our new baby that is as perfect as hers... :O)" Apr. 13, 2008:
"I first heard of this name in relation to the Jean M. Auel books, and fell in love with it on sight. I hope to one day name my daughter Ayla in hopes that it will provide her with a good base in life. My mother named me Rehannon for that reason." Nov. 24, 2007:
"Thanks for all your comments, I searched the name Ayla to see what people think. I'm having a baby girl soon and this only strengthens what a great name it is!" Nov. 2, 2007:
"I am newly pregnant and have always loved the name Ayla. If I have a girl, I will name her Ayla Jayne. It is such a beautiful name!" Nov. 2, 2007:
"My name is Ayla (pronounced 'a'-luh) as well and though it is often mispronounced by people I meet I would never change my name for anything! I love my name and that it isn't common. I have met one other girl named Ayla and we were both freaking out because we're only a year apart in age and both our mothers got our names from The Clan of The Cave Bear." Oct. 3, 2007:
"I love this name! I was just searching it to see what other think as I, too, fell in love with it many years ago when reading Jean Auel's books. It seems to be gaining in popularity over the last decade though, I'm afraid if I use it it will suddenly be "the trend" of next year. Crazy? IDK..." Sep. 13, 2007:
"I'm going to have a little girl and will probably name her Ayla. How does everyone else pronounce it? My boyfriend is Turkish and in Turkish Ayla is pronounced "eye-la" and means moonlight." Sep. 12, 2007:
"I named my daughter Ayla in 1995 but had chosen her name when i was 10 and had read the Clan of the Cave Bear. I was impressed to find out of it meaning of Strenth associated with oak. She is definately living up to the meaning and would make her literary namesake proud" Sep. 9, 2007:
"Ayla is a wonderful name, with possible meanings of a strong tree (terabinth or oak) or a gazelle (from the Hebrew Ayelet or Ayala). Too many people are stuck on the popularity of names, instead of just picking a beautiful name to go with their beautiful daughters." Aug. 16, 2007:
"My name is Ayla and I love it. I have never met face-to-face anyone with my name. And being at school, the only person with that name, it really works well. I love that my parents named me this!" Aug. 16, 2007:
"We have just chosen this name for our unborn if a girl, we already have 2 girls Erin and Brennah both unusual so ayla will go nicely with them." Aug. 1, 2007:
"I have a 3 year old named Ayla and i could not imagine calling her anything else, the name was meant for her, and so far we have not come across anyone with the same name, and i still love it just as much as the day i named her. Ayla is a great name!" Jul. 6, 2007:
"I love this name so much and would think about calling my next baby girl (if I have another girl) Ayla. Big Jean M Auel fan to boot! :)" Jun. 27, 2007:
"Ayla is my name and I just love it because it is unique!" Jun. 23, 2007:
"Ayla is my name and I just love it because it is unique!" Jun. 23, 2007:
"I'm 17 years old and my name is Ayla. I really like my name...no one else has it and it sounds very beautiful if it is pronounced correctly." Jun. 11, 2007:
"Ayla is a Turkish name. It means "moonlight"; the halo around the moon. Ay (pronounced like eye, in Turkish, means moom) and LA is the cristalline halo of light.
I love this name since my mother is from a Turkish-speaking Iranian family. :o)" May. 12, 2007:
"hi my name is Ayla Pasha and i love my name. The only thing is people allways say it wrong lol. I love my name but ive never met anyone else names Ayla" Dec. 10, 2006:
"My girlfriend's name is Ayla, and she is absolutely gorgeous!" Dec. 2, 2006:
"My 4 yr old daughter's name is Ayla. She loves it, we love it, and it fits her to a tee! We like to think it means 'brave and strong' since we were inspired by Auel's book of course. It's not too popular and it probably won't ever be.... unless there is another movie or t.v. show." Nov. 1, 2006:
"I named my little girl Ayla (now 5 years old). And yes, it is mispronounced quite often. I tell people like Kayla without the "K". It is such a beautiful name!!!" Aug. 16, 2006:
"People almost always mispronounce my name. Every new year in school my teachers say Al-ee-ya or Alaya or I-la. The way I say it is like everyone else whose name Ayla. I have never met anyone else whose name is Ayla but I have met a cat whose name is Ayla. I love my name because I live in a small town and so nobody has it, at least that's what it seems like. I think that having a name no one where you live has is unique and shows how special you are, (except one thing that drives me nuts is that even my best friends spell it wrong)
Ayla age 11" Jul. 4, 2006:
"I named my daughter Ayla, also due to the book by Jean Auel. I have loved the novels since I was 13 and promised myself someday I would name my daughter that. She is now here and is 100% fitting in the name. She may be a brunette but she is my Ayla, and completely her own person lol. I absolutely love the name." Jan. 17, 2006:
"Ayla is our daughters name. She is 4 and we have already met one other name. Jean Aual the author of Clan of the Cave Bear told us she thought she made the name up. That is where we got the name. But in her travels she has come across it in three langages. Hebrew:oak tree. Turkish:Halo around the moon and one other language where it is the symbol of a femal goddess. Ayla loves her name and is very proud of it I can see why more people are starting to name their babies this." Aug. 5, 2005:
"i love my name, ayla, because there was onlyone of me but now there are more and more. the more ayla's there are the more i dislike the name" Jul. 4, 2005:
3 Negative Comments
"My name is Ayla. Ayla does NOT represent Turkish neither does it represent Moonlight. It actually means "From the strong place." It also comes from Germany. No offence but the computer or internet has the meaning WRONG." Sep. 30, 2018:
"my sisters name is Ayla Marie (much like someone above lol) and she gets nothing but grief on not only pronounciation, but spelling.
how in the world could you spell ayla fields as alya feild" Jan. 3, 2010:
"I don't like the way the name looks or sounds. I think it sounds better with K-L-J-L infront of it. It's a name you would give a child if you didn't want to put effort into naming them." May. 17, 2007:
47 Neutral Comments
"Our Ayla is now 9 years old! And I have to say she loves her name.. nothing but compliments on how unique and beautiful it is. We pronounce it as A-la xx" Jun. 10, 2019:
"My fianc? and I (getting married today!!) decided to name out first born Ayla. She will be joining the world May 2019. We decided on Ayla because we both agree it is a beautiful name. And also because we dont want things to be TOO easy for her. Here's to many years of teacher mispronunciations! 🍻" Dec. 15, 2018:
"I love this name, I named my daughter Ayla Raine. We pronounce like Kayla without the A." Mar. 11, 2017:
"My younger sisters name is Ayla after the character in the Clan of the Cave Bear Books and she constantly gets compliments on it. She's been fortunate enough to meet another person with the name as well as a dog with the name😂." Nov. 20, 2016:
"We are naming our daughter Ayla Monique, with the pronounciation using a long A. Aye-La. I love this name and I hope my baby girl will too." Apr. 8, 2014:
"my name is ayla and people always miss pronounce it and my friends call me aya" May. 2, 2013:
"I think this name sky rocketed to popularity due to the Earths Children series of books by Jean M Auel. I will be naming my baby Ayla :)" Oct. 26, 2011:
"My 4 year old daughter's name is Ayla, pronounced A-la, not Eye-la. The name is beautiful and strong, just like she is!"