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What does Gila mean?

Gila Pronunciation of Gila [gi-la] as a name for girls is of Hebrew origin, and the name Gila means "joy; pledge, hostage". Gila is an alternate form of Geila (Hebrew). Gila is also a derivative of Gilana (Hebrew). Gila is also used as a variation of Giselle (French, Old German).

Associated with: joy, pledge (oath).


16 alternative forms via Geila, Gilana, Giselle: Geela, Geelah, Geelan, Geiliya, Gig, Gilah, Gisa, Gisela, Giselda, Gisele, Gisella, Gislaug, Gislog, Giza, Gizela and Gizella.

Creative forms:
(female) Giga, Gile, ..

(male) Gigaz, Gige, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gila Vanessa (G.V.), ..

How popular is Gila?

Gila is an unusual given name for females. Gila is also an uncommon last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Giselle (#221 in recent rankings), Gisele (#1566), Gizella and Gisela are the popular variation forms of Gila (not in Top 2000) rated in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Geiliya, are uncommon. These relations of Gila were favored as baby names in the year 2009 (adoption of 0.16%) and are somewhat less widespread today (adoption 0.1%, 39.8%). (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gisela, Gisele, Giselle, Gizella in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gila and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Gila is alike in pronunciation to Hailea, Haily, Hala, Halah, Halea, Hali, Halia, Helia, Hella and Hilly. Other recommended names are Aila, Dila, Eila, Fila, Gail, Gaila, Gaile, Gaill, Gal, Gala, Gale, Galea, Galia, Galla, Galya, Gayla, Gelya, Gia, Gilda, Gilia, Giliah, Giliya, Gill, Gilly, Gina, Gita, Giula, Giulia, Glaw, Glila, Gul, Gull, Lila, Mila, Nila and Zila. These names tend to be more frequently used than Gila.

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