Someone posted here a week or so ago (the poster's name was "Maria Ascela") about the name Ascela.
I chased it around the net and all I found were: Ascella - a star in the constellation Orion (unlikely to be related), and Ascelin(e) - a surname / first name (used for either sex) deriving ultimately from Germanic Adal ("noble") - see my post if you care, http://www.behindthename.com/bb/arcview.php?id=60567&board=gen
The lists of surnames I encountered while looking for Ascelin contained all sorts of names that looked like they could be intermediate between Ascelin and Ashlyn. Not that I doubt the etymology of Ashlyn as given here or as phonetic of Aisling, but..
Does anyone have any more info on the name Ascelin and its forms - usage or pronunciation in particular? I'm wondering if it could have been used concurrently in the same fashion with Ashlyn/Aisling at some point, and perhaps confused with it by some.
Along the same lines, anyone know how far back the usage of Ashlyn itself goes, as opposed to Aisling?
[Edited to add that I'd found the earlier post I'd made]
This message was edited by the author on September 9, 2004 at 10:59:37 PM