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Quick Facts on Aisling

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Gaelic, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Dream, vision

Characteristics of Aisling

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Aisling

Aisling is an Irish female name from the Irish-Gaelic word “aislinge” meaning “dream, vision.”  The type of dream is specific to a vision of a beautiful woman from the spirit world. Once dreamt, the dreamer can no longer be content again.  It was a concept developed by Irish language poets in the 17th and 18th centuries, first introduced by Aodhagán Ó Rathaille (1670-1726) who was considered the “father of the aisling” (Gaelic: athair na haislinge).  Essentially, Ireland was personified as the “aisling” (a beautiful, heavenly woman) in politically-charged poetry. Upheaval in Ireland in the late 17th century was marked by the ongoing wars between the encroaching Protestants and the native Catholics resulting in Penal Laws against the Irish-Catholics (preventing them from land-ownership and power of any kind).  During this period, the once esteemed Irish-Gaelic filí (poets) were greatly marginalized and the Irish language became nearly extinct.  Enter Aisling. She wailed against the oppression of her people and called upon the men of Ireland to save her from peril.  The traditional Irish-Gaelic spelling of this name is Aisling, but it has often been anglicized to Ashling and Aislinn. Today, Aisling is a super popular girl’s name in Ireland – ranked #42 in 2012.

Popularity of the Name Aisling

 Aisling has never been used with enough frequency in the United States to land a position on America’s Top 1000 list.  Like Aoife, Niamh, Saoirse and Siobhan, this one is simply too Irish-Gaelic for the average American parent. For instance, a mere 46 baby girls were given the name Aisling in 2013, while 82 were named Aislin and 103 Aislinn. There is also some confusion regarding pronunciation, though in traditional Irish-Gaelic it’s “ASH-ling.”  Obscure, beautiful and historically significant, all of the Aisling spellings are great choices for parents who want to celebrate their baby girl’s Irish heritage. 
Popularity of the Girl Name Aisling
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Aisling

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Aisling

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Aisling

    Aisling (Irish Poetry) Aisling is the Irish for a dream or vision, expressed as a poetic genre that arose in 17th/18th century Irish literature. The country of Ireland appears alternately as a beautiful woman or as an old hag in a vision to the poet. The woman decries the state of affairs in Ireland and it is understood that only a return of exiled King James II to the throne and the restoration of Roman Catholicism in the regal Stuart line will save the day. Aisling developed from an earlier form in which the woman is always beautiful, embodies the season of spring and love, and could care less about who is on the throne. This appears to have been adapted from the old French reverdie form popular during the Middle Ages, when many French were given estates in Ireland by the British crown. So there’s always a political angle!

  • Popular Songs on Aisling

    Popular Songs on Aisling

    Aisling - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Aisling.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Aisling

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Aisling

    Catherine, Called Birdy (Karen Cushman) - The scene is a manor house in England in 1290 and fourteen-year-old Catherine, the willful, stubborn and delightful daughter of Sir Rollo and Lady Aislinn, has been asked, by her brother the monk, to keep a journal--these are her daily entries for one important year in her life. Recommended for ages 10-15.

    Eye on the Iditarod: Aisling's Quest (Aisling Lara Shepherd) - I was born to race. Born to drive a team of sled dogs. Born to follow my dream of running the Iditarod. This is the real-life story of a young girl with a big dream. From the time she was three years old, Aisling (pronounced Ashley) Lara Shepherd loved watching sled dog racing on television. Inspired by the drive and determination of the dogs and the people who race them, Aisling set out on a personal quest to one day run her own dogs in the famous Iditarod race in Alaska. Follow eleven-year-old Aisling as she conquers obstacles, deals with heartbreak and loss, and achieves great victories--all while keeping her eye on the Iditarod. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Aisling

    Famous People Named Aisling

    Famous People Named Aisling - Aisling Blake (Irish squash player); Aisling Loftus (English actress); Aisling O'Sullivan (Irish actress); Aisling Bea (Irish actress); Aisling Cooney (Irish Olympic swimmer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Aisling

    Children of Famous People Named Aisling

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Aisling - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Aisling.

  • Historic Figures

    Aisling - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Aisling - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Aisling.

Personality of the Girl Name Aisling

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Aisling

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