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.
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!