[ 3 syll. ai-(s)ha, ais-ha ] The baby girl name Aisha is pronounced as AYIY-SHAA †. Aisha is largely used in African, Arabic, English, and Swahili, and its origin is Arabic. Aisha is of the meaning alive, she who lives. It is derived from the element 'a'isha' with the meaning alive. The name was borne by the third and favorite wife of the prophet Muhammad, Aisha bint Abu Bakr (613-78); known as the 'the mother of believers', she became an important political and religious figure after his death. Aisha consequently became one of the most popular Arab female names. The form Ayesha has appeared as the name of the powerful queen in the H. Rider Haggard novel She (1886), while the form Ayeisha is used especially by Afro Americans.
The name Aisha is used to a great extent; it has 92 variant transcriptions that are used in English and other languages. English variant transcriptions include A'isha (used in Arabic too), Aaisha, Aaishah, Aeesha (used in Arabic too), Aeisha, Aeshia, Aheesha, Aiasha, Aieshah, Aieysha, Aisa, Aish, Aishah (used in Arabic too), Aisheh, Aishiah, Aisia (used in Arabic too), Aiyesha, Aiysha, Asha (used in Arabic too), Ashah, Ashia (used in Arabic too), Ashiah, Asia, Asiah, Ayasha (used in Arabic too), Ayeesha (used in Arabic too), Ayeeshah, Ayeisa, Ayeisah, and Ayeisha (used in Arabic too). Other English forms include the spelling variants Aayshah, Aesha (used in Arabic too), Aiesha (used in Arabic too), Aishia, Ayisha (used in Arabic too), and Ieesha (used in Arabic too).
Variation transcriptions of Aisha used in other languages include Aeeshah (Arabic), Aeshah (Arabic), Aicha (Arabic and French), Aichoucha (French), Aischa (German), Aishatu (Arabic), Aisiah (Arabic), Aixa (Spanish), Aïcha (French), Aouicha (French), Ayeesa (Arabic), Ayeesah (Arabic), Ayisat (Arabic), Ayishah (Arabic), Ayse (Turkish), Ayshe (Turkish), Aysia (Iranian), Ieasha (Arabic), and Maisha (Swahili).
See also the related forms, Asha, Jakeisha, Kadesha, Kalisha, Kanisha, Keisha, Keneisha, Laneisha, Monisha, Nakesha, Onesha, Quadeisha, Quenisha, Rodneisha, Roneisha, Shaleisha, Shaneisha, Taesha, and Voneisha.
Aisha is fairly popular as a baby name for girls. The name grew in popularity during the 1970s; before that, it was of irregular use only. At the modest height of its usage in 1977, 0.094% of baby girls were named Aisha. Its ranking then was #175. The baby name has since experienced a fall in popularity. In 2018, its usage was 0.032% and its ranking #523, but it was nevertheless the most popular within all girl names in its group.
Baby names that sound like Aisha include Aiesha, Ayeesha, Ayeisha, Ayesha, A'isha, Acaciah, Acasha, Acaysha, Accacia, Achuza, Aeesha, Aesha, Agace, Agacia, Agaja, Agasha, Aheesha, Ahia, Ahjah, and Aiasha.
† Pronunciation for Aisha: AY as in "side (S.AY.D)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; SH as in "she (SH.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"