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What does Ailsa mean?

Ailsa [ail-sa] as a girls' name is of Old Norse origin, and the meaning of Ailsa is "island of Alfsigr".

Place name: the tiny Scottish rocky islet Ailsa Craig in the estuary of the river Clyde. Alfsigr is a personal name meaning "elf or magical victory". Use as a given name has been influenced by Ealasaid, the Gaelic form of Elizabeth (Hebrew) "God's promise". The name may also be used as a homonym for Elsa.

Associated with: norse, scottish, river, elf, magical, victory, gaelic, promise (oath).


Ailsa has 5 variants: Ailis, Ailse, Elsa, Elsha and Elshe.

Ailsa has 36 more related forms via Ealasaid, Elizabeth, Elsa: Bella, Eilis, Eilish, Elisa, Elissa, Ellsa, Ellse, Ellsi, Els, Else, Elssa, Elsy, Helsa, Ilsa, Ilse, Leasa, Leesa, Leisa, Lies, Liesa, Liese, Liesja, Lili, Lilo, Lily, Lis, Lisa, Lise, Lisl, Lissa, Lissi, Lissy, Liza, Lusa, Lysa and Lyssa.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Ailfa, Alsa, ..

(male) Ailla, Aillos, ..

How popular is Ailsa?

Ailsa is an unusual given name for females. Ailsa is an equally uncommon last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name history of Ailsa for girls. Ailsa reached its highest position of #97 in Scotland in 1999, but is not in the Top 100 currently. (2013 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ailsa name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ailsa outside U.S.

Bella (#70 in recent rankings), Elisa (#498), Elissa (#1064), Elizabeth (#14), Elsa (#286), Else, Ilse, Leasa, Leesa, Leisa, Lili, Lily (#27), Lisa (#750), Lise, Lissa, Liza (#1709) and Lyssa are the popular variation forms of Ailsa rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Ailsa reached its peak in the 1960s (usage of 5.7%) and is now much lower (usage 1.7%, 70%), with versions like Liza becoming less stylish. Bella, Elsa and Lily are three of the more chic girl names in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bella, Elisa, Elissa, Elizabeth, Elsa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Else, Ilse, Leasa, Leesa, Leisa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lili, Lily, Lisa, Lise, Lissa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Liza, Lyssa in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ailsa, Bella, Elizabeth, Elsa, Lily, Lisa outside U.S.

Similar Names


Ailsa is alike in pronunciation to Elza, Illsa and Ilsae. Other suggested similar names are Aalya, Abila, Adila, Aida, Aiesha, Aila, Ailbe, Ailee, Ailey, Aili, Ailie, Ailish, Ailli, Ailyn, Aina, Airlea, Airlia, Aisha, Aisia, Ala, Alba, Alda, Alea, Alfa, Alia, Alisa, Alissa, Alla, Allda, Allia, Allisa, Allma, Allta, Allysa, Alma, Alta, Alva, Alya, Alysa, Amilia, Amilya, Amisa, Amissa, Anisa, Anissa, Arla, Arlea, Asa, Assa, Avila, Awilda, Ayisa, Ayla, Azusa, Gisa, Kelsa, Nilsa, Nissa, Nitsa, Riesa, Risa, Ritsa and Tisa. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ailsa.