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Meaning and name origin

Kayla \ka(y)-la\ as a girl's 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.


Kayla has 25 variant forms: 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.

For more information, see also related girl names Mckayla, Shayla, Tayla and Kay.


Kayla is a very popular first name for females (#338 out of 4276, Top 8%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Kayla for girls. Kayla reached its highest rank of #11 in the U.S. in 1996. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Kayla name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Kayla and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Kaylee (#52), Katherine (#83), Kayla (#102), Michaela (#478), Kaylie (#517), Kaylin (#547), Shayla (#746), Keyla (#867), Mckayla (#876), Tayla, Kaylyn, Kayley, Kaila, Kaela, Kay, Kaylah, Calla and Cayla. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Calla, Cayla, Kaela, Kaila, Katherine, Kay, Kayla, Kaylah, Kaylee, Kayley in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Kaylie, Kaylin, Kaylyn, Keyla, Mckayla, Michaela, Shayla, Tayla in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Calla, Kaila, Katherine, Kayla, Kaylee outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kayley, Kaylie, Kaylin, Kaylyn, Mckayla outside U.S.

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

Similar Names

Kayla is also pronounced similarly to Caylia, Kaeli, Kahli, Kaili, Kala, Kalea, Kali, Kalia, Kalli, Kally, Kaly, Kaylea, Kaylei, Kayli, Keala, Keela, Keila, Kyla, Kylah, Kylea and Kyli. Other suggested similar baby names are Bayla, Dayla, Gayla, Jayla, Kahle, Kalle, Kamyla, Karla, Katla, Kaya, Kaylan, Kyle, Layla and Rayla. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kayla.