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What does Ailsa mean?

Ailsa Pronunciation of Ailsa 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)


VARIANTS Ailis, Ailse, Elsa, Elsha, Elshe

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, Lyssa

(female) Alsa, ..

(male) Ailla, ..

Ailsa Brynleigh (A.B.), ..

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)

Ailsa reached its highest position of #97 in Scotland in 1999, but is not in the Top 100 currently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Bella (#48 IN RECENT RANKINGS), Elisa (#457), Elissa (#1261), Elizabeth (#13), Elsa (#888), Else, Ilse, Leasa, Leesa, Leisa, Lili, Lily (#31), Lisa (#891), Lise, Lissa, Liza (#1662) 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 3.8%) and is now much lower (USAGE 1.2%, 68%), with versions like Leisa becoming less stylish. Bella, Elisa 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, Elisa, Elizabeth, Elsa outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ilse, Lily, Lisa outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ailsa is alike in pronunciation to Elza, Illsa and Ilsae. Other suggested similar-sounding 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.

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