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How is this Irish name pronounced please... and do you like it?

(54 Posts)
therewasalittlegirl Sun 04-Sep-11 21:49:15


Is it Ash- ling or Ash - lin or something else? And how popular is it??

Thank you!

Fisharefriendsnotfood Sun 04-Sep-11 21:50:28

Pronounced ash-ling. It means a dream in Gaelic. Very pretty.

SJisontheway Sun 04-Sep-11 21:55:31

Aisling. I think it's pretty

theginganinja Sun 04-Sep-11 21:57:40


alwaysonthemove Sun 04-Sep-11 21:57:45

I'ld say ash-lean

its very popular in Ireland

GlaikitFizzog Sun 04-Sep-11 22:17:03

Ashling, I know one and she was the snottiest little brat I'd ever met. But it's still a nice name, just not on my list!! grin

carpwidow Sun 04-Sep-11 22:19:06

..and would you get fed up with people asking you all the time how it is pronounced? Or would you enjoy being asked that? will depend on child's personality?

emsyj Sun 04-Sep-11 22:22:57

I thought Aisling (pronounced Ashling) was quite a 'normal' name tbh - certainly not a name so outlandish that you will constantly encounter people who are unable to pronounce it.

Like it, was tentatively on my list but doesn't go very well with our surname unfortunately.

therewasalittlegirl Sun 04-Sep-11 22:50:58

I really like it pronounced Ashling. I'd be more worried that she would struggle with spelling her own name (with us being in England), than others not being able to pronounce it. Do you think it is okay to use it without Irish connections?

Thank you all smile

alwaysonthemove Sun 04-Sep-11 23:11:14

you don't really pronounce the g, its more of a n

it is a PITA having an Irish name in England though.

sqweegiebeckenheim Sun 04-Sep-11 23:53:04

Aisling and Aislinn are two separate names. We like to confuse people, the Irish smile

Leanbh2011 Mon 05-Sep-11 12:15:41

Aisling is pronounced ASH LING and Aislinn is a different name pronounced
ASH LIN. Aisling would be used more in Ireland, but I prefer Aislinn

ASH LEAN is never really heard here!

GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 05-Sep-11 12:32:37

Ash-lin AFAIK. Lovely name, might run it past DH, I'd forgotten about it. smile

sqweegiebeckenheim Mon 05-Sep-11 15:42:27

hm, you do pronounce the 'ing' in Aisling.

alwaysonthemove Mon 05-Sep-11 19:55:28

aisling is always pronounced as if the g is an n like "lean" in the parts of ireland I've lived in. Its very common name and I've never met anyone who pronounced it "ing". Aislinn must be less common as I've never met one. Met tonnes of Aislings though.

wigglesrock Mon 05-Sep-11 20:28:05

We would pronounce it Ashlean, am in NI.

ruletheworld Mon 05-Sep-11 20:30:32

I bloody love it. But I love Aoife more than anything.

If you are going to confuse people with an unpronouncable Irish name beginning with A, then it has to be Aoife!

ruletheworld Mon 05-Sep-11 20:31:28

<just realised I'm not helping>

emsyj Mon 05-Sep-11 20:42:31

I've only met one Aisling and she pronounced it Ashling. But she wasn't (and still isn't) Irish.

chipmonkey Mon 05-Sep-11 21:36:36

I always assume "Ash-ling" Every Aisling I know pronounces it that way and I know several.

flissyfloss Mon 05-Sep-11 22:52:50

Just the fact that no-one seems to agree on the pronunciation, and you're not Irish, or don't live in Ireland, would make me think twice about choosing it!

sqweegiebeckenheim Mon 05-Sep-11 23:06:13

alwaysonthemove I've never heard it pronounced Ash-lean! Is it a city/county divide I wonder?

alwaysonthemove Mon 05-Sep-11 23:33:44

maybe although I've lived in a few counties and rural and urban, but could well be different in the parts I've not lived in / visited much

Ephiny Tue 06-Sep-11 10:22:22

I would have said Ash-leen personally, but that's not necessarily right! I think you'd get a lot of different pronunciations...

It's a nice name, but might seem a bit odd to use it if you're in England and don't have Irish heritage.

NadiaWadia Tue 06-Sep-11 11:43:14

In 'Light a Penny Candle' by Maeve Binchy (set mostly in Ireland) one of the main characters is called Aisling and when the other main character first meets her she writes to her parents "Aisling is not like Aisling its like Ashleen'. So as Maeve Binchy is obviously Irish she should know I suppose.

Unless there's different pronounciations in different parts of Ireland?

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