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‘Ayesha’ Rocks!

June 20, 2010

Is it just me or someone else has also noticed the increasing use of the name ‘Aisha/Aicha/Ayesha’ in the (foreign) songs and movies?

The name Ayesha is of Arabic origin (unlike Sarah which is of Hebrew origin and Maria which is the Latin version of Hebrew name Mary). Most of the Muslims keep this name after Holy Prophet’s (S.A.W) youngest and beloved wife, Aisha. It  means ‘one who has a wonderful and easy life’ another meaning is ‘alive and well’. In Sawihili it means ‘life’. Other than the middle east there are several variants of this name in Asia and Western world.

I haven’t come across any Caucasian Christian having this name but among Hindus I noticed this name of an actor Ayesha Jhulka and then years later the child artist Ayesha Kapoor (Though I’m not sure if any of them have one Muslim parent like Ayesha Dharkar has). Many non-Muslims give this name to their daughters because of its pleasing sound. According to my research there is no history of the name Ayesha or any of it’s variant in other cultures. This name has an Arab origin only and the rest of the names sounding like it are its variants.

In Indian movies the name Aisha is getting popular. In Maine Dil Tujhko Diya the name of the female lead was Ayesha Verma played by Sameera Reddy. This was the first time I had heard this name in any mainstream Indian movie. However, my favorite Aisha character was played by Konkona Sen Sharma in Wake Up Sid.

Sonam Kapoor’s upcoming movie is also titled ‘Aisha‘ and she’s playing the lead role.

In the music world we’ve listened to numerous songs having name Maria such as Santana’s Maria Maria , Blondie’s Maria or Ricky Martin’s popular number Maria. Sarah is another popular name used in many songs like the one by Travis (I don’t like this song much though) another one by Ray LaMontagne or Jefferson Starship’s Sarah.

However, it is the name Aicha/Aisha that sounds fresh and awesome in songs. One of the reason is that this name hasn’t been used a lot till now. All I can think of two songs at the moment that has the name Aisha in them. First one is by Stevie Wonder Isn’t She Beautiful. He sang that song for his daughter actually. The lyrics goes like that:

Isn’t she lovely
Life and love are the same
Life is Aisha
The meaning of her name

The most popular and pleasant one is Khaled’s song Aicha that was later rendered by Outlandish and recently Cokestudio came out with it’s Urdu version. In my view, the Urdu version is a dud. I like the Outlandish version better.

It doesn’t matter how you spell Ayesha. It doesn’t bother me that it is a very common name. The fact is that it is one of the sweetest and evergreen kind of names. I love it a lot. Yes, it is one of those very few things I absolutely adore about myself. The name ‘Ayesha’ rocks indeed!

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. June 21, 2010 2:12 pm

    Wao you gathered so much info about “Aisha” impressive…. :)

    • June 21, 2010 5:54 pm

      After all it’s about my name! ;) :D

  2. lexapro permalink
    June 22, 2010 10:06 pm

    thanks for good oppinion sounds quite obvious but smart

  3. June 23, 2010 9:53 am

    Aisha/Ayesha/Aaisha I believe all Ayesha’s rock ;-D I persoanlly always liked this name too! Interesting entry.

  4. Lina permalink
    August 4, 2010 11:37 am

    I am a caucasian from skandinavia and my daughters name is Aisha (she is also caucasian). Because it is a beautiful name!!

  5. Crazee permalink
    October 6, 2010 3:04 pm

    There is a Hindi name similar to AYESHA / AISHA etc and is called ASHA (MEANS:HOPE).
    If you watch Hindi movies then you must have heard of ASHA BHOSLE, ASHA PARIKH.

    There are are a few reasons for changing name from ASHA to Aisha / Aysha etc :
    A) It sounds more modern (The name ASHA was a famous name when my grandmother used to be kid).
    B) A 5 or 6 letter name is more auspicous than a 4 letter word (according to some astrologers)

  6. Aixa Font permalink
    November 19, 2010 10:00 am

    Hi,
    We share the same name. Im “Aixa” this is how is spelled in spanich. It’s a well know and popular name in southern Spain due to the presence of Muslams kindom in spouthern Spain between 711 y 1492. Aixa (Aisha/Aicha/Ayesha etc.)
    Aïsha bin Muhammad ibn al-Ahmar, queen of Granada, called Aïsha al-Hurra (The Honest) and known by the spaniard tradition as Aixa. She was the sould of the resistance against te Catholics King and Queen of Spain, she acompany her sun Fez to exile between 1493 and soon after she died.
    I was born and raise in Argentina by a catholic family (with italian and spaniard origins),it was not a comoun name in the 70′s, my parents loved the name and people how met me had given their child my name. I love my name!!!!

  7. ayesha permalink
    August 10, 2011 1:35 pm

    hey ayesha,, my name is ayesha too!!!!!!

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