Aisling Loftus

An actress of Irish extraction, Aisling Loftus‘ first name of Aisling is of interest. Aisling originally referred to a poetic genre based around a dream or vision. But it has become a popular name in modern Ireland for girls.

The woman herself has classic Irish beauty:





(Her surname, Loftus, is also of interest. It doesn’t look specifically Irish, as this site notes. That site contains a lot of fanciful material on the origin of the name, of the type that such topics attract. This Wikipedia article gives the more likely explanation, that Loftus is an anglicised version of Ó Lochlainn. Many Irish names were anglicised, often to names resembling English surnames.)


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ofelas on November 23, 2016 at 2:15 pm



    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on November 23, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks. That video talks about what an aisling is. And gives the pronunciation, which I had not heard.


  2. Posted by Ofelas on November 23, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    My pleasure, and sorry to just drop the link without saying a word, did it in a hurry. This version of the Shane MacGowan original feels somehow much more powerful and nuanced than the drunken original, with all respect to MacGowan’s genius songwriting..

    I’d also like to mention that I found way here to your blog via Dalrocks’, where your comments very often both resonated big deal with my way of thinking and also helped to clarify some my own stances, so thank you for that.


    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on November 23, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      Good. I haven’t been on Dalrock for a while, but it is a very good blog and both the posts and comments are lively and interesting.


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