How popular is the baby name Ailsa in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Ailsa and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Ailsa.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Ailsa

Number of Babies Named Ailsa

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

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Rare Female Names in Glasgow, 1914

In July, Eleanor of British Baby Names shared a 100-year-old newspaper article called What’s in a Name?

It said that a “correspondent of leisure” had kept track of all the female names that appeared in the Marriages and Deaths column of the Glasgow Herald during the second half of 1913. He spotted a total of 208 different names (shared among 3,500 women) during that time. The two most popular? Margaret and Mary. The next-most-popular were Elizabeth, Agnes, Janet and Isabella. The least popular were the 73 that appeared only once, including:

Ailsa
Alys
Anchoria
Carina
Carmen
Cassa
Celia
Clarinda
Clementine
Daphne
Diana
Easter
Elvina
Estella
Helga
Herminia
Honor
Illma
Inez
Iris
Lavinia
Livonia
Lucinda
Sadie
Sybella
Tooze
Una
Veir
Vera
Zoe

If this anonymous name-tracking correspondent were alive today, he would definitely be a baby name blogger. :)

Which of the above names do you like best?

Source: “What’s in a Name?” Western Daily Press 10 Jan. 1914: 7.


How Do You Like Your Name, Ailsa?

“I like being the only Ailsa I know,” says Ailsa, a 59-year-old from Swansea in South Wales.

Ailsa also likes the sound of her name, and appreciates its Scottish roots. (The name is a reference to Ailsa Craig, an island off the west coast of Scotland.)

How common is the baby name Ailsa?

In the U.S., it’s rare:

  • 2012: 14 baby girls named Ailsa
  • 2011: 12 baby girls named Ailsa
  • 2010: 19 baby girls named Ailsa
  • 2009: 12 baby girls named Ailsa
  • 2008: 12 baby girls named Ailsa
  • 2007: 13 baby girls named Ailsa

Overseas it’s relatively more common, though the raw number of baby Ailsas born every year isn’t much higher:

  • 2010: 28 baby girls named Ailsa in England & Wales
  • 2009: 21 baby girls named Ailsa in England & Wales
  • 2008: 20 baby girls named Ailsa in England & Wales
  • 2007: 26 baby girls named Ailsa in England & Wales

Is there anything Ailsa from Swansea doesn’t like about her name?

“I have spent a lifetime spelling or pronouncing it for people.”

How did Ailsa get her name?

My mother (Welsh) heard it in the 1930s as she was in school with an Ailsa and she always liked it.

Would she recommend that the name Ailsa be given to babies nowadays?

Yes, I would recommend Ailsa to any prospective mother. It is ageless and would suit a baby or an old lady.

Thanks, Ailsa!

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