Comments for Ayla (3)

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In High School I read the book and heard it as AYE-LA in my head - I vowed right then and there to name my first born daughter Ayla. I didn't have my first child until I was 30 and her name is Ayla Nicole. I love the sound of it. It is so eloquent & beautiful.
C_J  6/21/2018
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So lovely! My cousin was going to name her baby Ayla should she have a girl, but she had a boy.
ItsDeleceNotDallas  12/26/2017
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A bit plain... but still worth using.
Tatumarore  5/29/2017
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I have always pronounced it Aye- la or eye-la depending which person.
I think Ayla sounds dreamy like pillows and marshmallows and clouds with a twist of wild impatience.
What M_E  8/8/2016
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Said as Ie-la. Basically, another spelling of "Isla".
― Anonymous User  1/10/2016
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Ayla is my name, and my family has been pronouncing it the same as Kayla, just without the 'K'.
Ayla  6/16/2008
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This is such a beautiful name!
Whikci333  5/7/2008
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The second person has it right. When exchanging names, Ayla rattles off her entire name, which confuses Creb. She then repeats only the first part, which Creb manages as Ay-la (sounding swallowed or gutteral or something like that), and Ayla decides that yes, she will be Ay-la for them.

Later on, when Jondalar et al says her name, Ayla notes that it sounds different than the Clan says it - I imagine it to be the way most of us would pronounce it, flowing instead of "swallowed". When she meets Rydag, the half-Clan boy of the Mamutoi, the first thing she notices is that he says her name the way she used to hear it from her Clan.
Townzell  4/10/2008
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The pronunciation of the name in the book is not by the Neanderthal, who communicate (according to Auel) by hand signals and primitive sounds, but is the original Cro-Magnon pronunciation of her name, a very important fact in the book as it is the only knowledge Ayla possesses about where she comes from, and the only evidence she has of her mother.
guinevere88  2/24/2008
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No, Creb didn't get it right. Ayla's real name is much longer, and in the book Creb is struggling to reproduce the multi-syllable word the little girl uses as her name, but he only gets as far as to Ay-la, two syllables, which is all his Neanderthal brain could handle. They weren't using language the way Cro Magnons did. I would really like to know what Ayla's real name is. Maybe Jean M Auel will let us know in the final book.
Tango  8/9/2007
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Actually that is how Ayla tells Creb to say it in the book. He is the only Neanderthal that truly learns how to say it.
― Anonymous User  3/6/2007

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