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How do you pronounce Aisling?

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JohnSnowsTie Mon 22-Apr-13 16:17:20

Ash-ling or Ash-leen?


ChristinaYang Wed 29-May-13 16:48:26

This is on my list. I'm from NI and would also pronounce it Ash-leen.

I can't decide between Aisling or Niamh if it's a girl ...

saintlyjimjams Wed 29-May-13 08:50:57


I have always loved the name - since primary school when I met my first. DH refused though. Anyway we had boys.

AmandaPayneNeedsANap Wed 29-May-13 08:47:18

Agree, Ashling, but the g is very soft. The emphasis is on the previous bit - sort of Ash-leeeng. No, that's not quite right. Not sure how I would spell out the sound.

But also agree that in a NI accent it would sound more Ashleen, because of the way -ing is pronounced in that accent.

OrangeLily Wed 29-May-13 08:38:17

Ashleen but not a emphasised second syllable, quite a soft sound.

madaki Wed 29-May-13 07:36:03

Oh, and I also agree with badtime. Aisling is usually pronounced ashling however in some accents ashling sounds just like ashleen.

madaki Wed 29-May-13 07:27:56

But isn't aylish a completely different name? (Spelt Eilis - or something similar) isn't spelling your name aisling and pronouncing it aylish kind of like spelling your name Sarah and pronouncing it Susan?

Your friend might well do that but it seems very odd and I imagine she must have to explain to everyone how her name is pronounced.

forgetmenots Wed 29-May-13 06:10:47

I was going to say almost exactly what badtime said, this happens a lot on these threads smile

MostlyCake Tue 28-May-13 21:46:49

I know someone who spells her name that way and she pronounces it Ay-lish (ay like hay).

TallulahBetty Thu 25-Apr-13 17:40:36

I would pronounce as Ashleen.

However, a friend's cousin pronounces her DD's name as Ays-ling (i.e. exactly how it's spelt) which makes my teeth itch but obvs not my child so not my business wink

seeker Thu 25-Apr-13 10:48:39

It's making me feel nostalgic for my FIL- it sounded so lovely when he said it- but he was an Irish speaker.

KobayashiMaru Thu 25-Apr-13 10:45:14

Ash-ling, but the g is very soft, an Irish g not a hard english g.

mewkins Wed 24-Apr-13 21:43:41


FreedomOfTheTess Wed 24-Apr-13 12:16:56

It is Ash-ling, with a very soft g sound at the the end.

Hear it here.

(You need to scroll down a bit to the name)

badtime Wed 24-Apr-13 11:31:22

I am from NI, and I would say 'Ash-leen'. However, if you actually pay attention to the NI accent, you realise that many people would pronounce 'ing' as 'een' in many cases. 'Sitting' would sound like 'sitteen', 'walking' like 'walkeen'. 'Sing' or 'ring' would be pronounced with a short 'i' sound and a recognisable 'g' sound, but the gerund would (in many accents, including my own) sound like 'singeen' or 'ringeen'.

I find this discussion quite weird for that reason. Aisling is pronounced 'Ashling', but how that sounds is a whole other issue.

Emily28 Wed 24-Apr-13 09:28:30

To be honest, a name has gotta be easy to pronounce. also, everyone is going to pronounce it slightly different and that's ok.
I would say : AEEES(soft L)een.

smile looks really nice anyway smile

GirlOutNumbered Wed 24-Apr-13 06:50:40

I teach an aislng and she pronounces it Aishleen. It confused me for at least a year.

YoniYoniNameLeft Wed 24-Apr-13 06:46:24

It's Ashling.

The Ash-leen from Big Brother was Aisleyne. Alan Carr's impression of her used to crack me up!

seeker Wed 24-Apr-13 06:19:13

Late FIL- not ex!

seeker Wed 24-Apr-13 06:18:33

A sort of merge between Ashling and Ashleen. This discussion is the reason why my dd is not called it, even though I love it- especially the way my ex father in law said it- he was from Tip.

3boysgirlontheway Wed 24-Apr-13 06:09:14

It is Ash-ling, that's how it's pronounced where its from smile

CouthySaysEatChoccyEggs Wed 24-Apr-13 04:53:11

Though almost with a very 'soft' g - tbh more of an Ash-leeeeng but not a 'hard' g at the end. Bit hard to explain really!

CouthySaysEatChoccyEggs Wed 24-Apr-13 04:51:58


mathanxiety Wed 24-Apr-13 04:21:12

Ash-ling here too.

The aisling is also a style of poetry from the 17th and 18th centuries, 'dream/vision' poetry, very allegorical. (Never called 'ash-leen' poetry, always 'ashling').

RiaOverTheRainbow Mon 22-Apr-13 20:14:12

Ashling, or at least that's how the one I know says it.

DramaInPyjamas Mon 22-Apr-13 20:01:49

I had always thought it was pronounced the same as Eileen

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