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Kayla

What does Kayla mean?

Kayla Pronunciation of Kayla [kay-la] as a girls' name is pronounced KAY-la. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Kayla is "slim and fair". From Caoilainn. Also used as a modern variant of Kayley and Katherine, or as a diminutive of Michaela. Also possibly from the Yiddish name Kelila, meaning "crown of laurel". Initial popularity of the name is due to the character named Kayla on the daytime TV drama "Days of Our Lives". See also Kaylee.

Associated with: irish, fair (beautiful), modern, crown (queen), laurel (tree).

Variations

Kayla has 25 variants: Caela, Caihla, Caila, Cala, Calla, Cayla, Caylie, Kaala, Kaela, Kaelah, Kahla, Kaila, Kailagh, Kailah, Kalae, Kalah, Kalla, Kaylah, Kayle, Kaylha, Kaylie, Kaylin, Kaylla, Kaylyn and Keyla.

Related girl names: Mckayla, Shayla, Tayla and Kay.

76 more alternative forms via Caoilainn, Katherine, Kaylee, Kayley, Kelila, Michaela: Caelan, Cay, Caye, Caylee, Cayley, Caylia, Kaelee, Kaeley, Kaeli, Kaelie, Kailee, Kailey, Kaili, Kailie, Kait, Kaity, Kalee, Kaley, Kalie, Kalin, Karen, Karena, Kari, Karin, Karon, Karri, Karyn, Karynn, Kas, Kasia, Kasja, Kaska, Kass, Kassi, Kassia, Kasya, Kat, Kata, Kate, Katee, Katell, Katena, Katey, Katha, Kathi, Kathy, Kati, Katica, Katie, Katina, Katka, Katla, Katria, Katrya, Katryna, Katy, Katya, Kay, Kaye, Kaylea, Kaylee, Kayleen, Kaylei, Kaylene, Kayley, Kayli, Kaylley, Keelan, Kelula, Kyla, Kyle, Makayla, Makyla, Mckayla, Mikayla and Mikyla.

Creative forms:
(female) Kaysa, Kayta, ..

(male) Kaylil, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kayla Jiselle (K.J.), ..

How popular is Kayla?

Kayla is a very popular first name for women (#338 out of 4276, Top 8%) but a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Kayla was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its peak position of #11 in the U.S. in the year 1996, and is currently at #115. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kayla name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kayla outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Kaylee (#61 last year), Katherine (#84), Makayla (#143), Kate (#222), Katie (#309), Mikayla (#349), Kyla (#356), Michaela (#496), Karen (#504), Kailey (#532), Kaylie (#551), Kaylin (#619), Shayla (#800), Keyla (#807), Kailee (#812), Caylee (#840), Mckayla (#1027), Kaley (#1233), Kaylyn (#1270), Kayleen (#1328), Katy (#1547), Kaila (#1558), Calla (#1565), Kayley (#1627), Kathy (#1676), Kaylah (#1684), Cayla (#1731), Tayla (#1740), Kayli (#1790), Kari (#1817), Kayle, Makyla, Kaylea, Kyle, Kaylene, Kaylei, Kati, Kaili, Kalee, Kalie, Kalin, Kailah, Kaeli, Cayley, Caylie, Kaela, Karena, Karin, Kathi, Katina, Katya, Kay, Katey, Kassi, Karon, Karri, Karyn and Kaye are the popular alternative forms of Kayla (#115 last year). Other variants, like Kasia, are seldom used. These relations of Kayla were popular as birth names 6 decades ago (median #1560) and have become significantly less popular since (#1443, 68%). Katherine has been the most recognizable form, though Keyla has gained in usage over time, while forms like Katherine are now less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kayla, Calla, Cayla, Caylee, Cayley in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caylie, Kaela, Kaeli, Kaila, Kailah in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kailee, Kailey, Kaili, Kalee, Kaley in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kalie, Kalin, Karen, Karena, Kari in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karin, Karon, Karri, Karyn, Kassi in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kate, Katey, Katherine, Kathi, Kathy in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kati, Katie, Katina, Katy, Katya in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kay, Kaye, Kaylah, Kayle, Kaylea in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kaylee, Kayleen, Kaylei, Kaylene, Kayley in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kayli, Kaylie, Kaylin, Kaylyn, Keyla in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kyla, Kyle, Makayla, Makyla, Mckayla in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Michaela, Mikayla, Shayla, Tayla in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kayla, Karen, Karin, Kate, Katherine outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Katie, Kaylee, Kyla, Makayla, Michaela outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mikayla, Tayla outside U.S.

Similar Names

Kayla is pronounced similarly to Callia, Cally, Kahlei, Kahley, Kala, Kaleah, Kallee, Kalley, Kalli, Kally, Kaly, Kayllie, Keala, Keela, Keeli, Keelia, Keilah, Kelly, Keyley, Keylie, Kilea, Kylah, Kylee, Kyley and Kylie. Other recommended names are Baila, Bayla, Beyla, Dalla, Dayla, Gala, Gayla, Hala, Jayla, Jeyla, Kaeya, Kahle, Kaia, Kaija, Kaira, Kallan, Kalle, Kama, Kamyla, Karla, Karlah, Karna, Karra, Karrla, Karyll, Karysa, Kasha, Katia, Kaya, Kayci, Kayde, Kaydi, Kaylan, Kayse, Kaysy, Kyra, Laila, Lala, Layla, Lyla, Mala, Naila, Nyla, Paula, Pavla, Raula, Rayla, Twyla, Vala and Valla. These names tend to be less frequently used than Kayla.

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