- Although it can be Scottish (I.E. land named Ailsa Craig in Scotland), it is also Hebrew for "consecrated to God". Many names have this meaning, but they are very common (I.E. Elizabeth, Lisa.) Beautifulmeaning but a different name!
- (AYL-sah) - Ailsa is a place name, there is a large granite rock formation off the coast of Scotland named Ailsa Craig, and Ailsa crops up occasionally in Scotland as a given name. This was my late grandmother's name and I've been in love with it ever since I learned at age 10 that her full name was Ailsa Lenfesty MacFetridge Gibbs. And she lived up to it. :-)
Ailsa is the name of the Scottish place Ailsa Craig. Its name comes from the Old Norse Alfsigesey, meaning "Island of Alfsigr." Alfsigr, in turn, is an Old Norse name composed of elements meaning "elf [supernatural being]" + "victory." It is sometimes listed in baby name books as being a Scottish form of Elsa. This is inaccurate-- Elsa is a German form of Elizabeth, and the Scottish forms of Elizabeth are Elspeth [Scots] and Ealasaid [Gaelic].
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