Meaning of the name Ailsa
Ailsa originates from the language of the Vikings who named a Scottish island in the Firth of Clyde, Alfsigesey (meaning Alfsigr, or Elf Victory). As a result, it’s meaning has evolved to “supernatural victory”. The island’s name eventually came to be called Ailsa Craig, which adds a more Gaelic mix to the origin. In the 16th century, it served as a sanctuary for Catholics during the Scottish Reformation (which resulted from the Scot’s declaration of independence from the Papacy) and today is known for being a hospitable home for birds.
The name is also often thought of as relating to Elizabeth or Elsa. The Gaelic form of the former is Ealasaid and Elizabeth generally means “God’s promise”. Elsa is often short for Elizabeth, also meaning “God’s promise” and “God is my salvation”.
Ailsa may not be on the top charts for popularity but it does carry much strong meaning and is a name that does not go unnoticed.
Famous People Called Ailsa
- Edith Ailsa Geraldine Craig (1869-1947): actress and women’s suffrage activist-
- Ailsa Piper (1959-): Australian television star
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