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Meaning and Name Origin

Kayla \ka(y)-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.


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.

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

Kayla has 22 more alternative forms via Caoilainn, Katherine, Kaylee, Kayley, Kelila, Michaela: Caylia, Kaeli, Kaili, Kasia, Kasja, Kaska, Kasya, Kata, Katha, Katka, Katla, Katya, Kay, Kaye, Kaylea, Kaylee, Kaylei, Kayley, Kayli, Kyla, Kyle and Makyla.


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)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Kayla for girls. Kayla was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its peak position of #11 in the U.S. in the year 1996, and is currently at #102. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Shown below is an analysis of the usage of the girl name Kayla and affiliated names. Kaylee (#52 last year), Katherine (#83), Kyla (#359), Michaela (#478), Kaylie (#517), Kaylin (#547), Shayla (#746), Keyla (#867), Mckayla (#876), Kaylyn, Kyle, Tayla, Kayley, Kaila, Kaela, Cayla, Kay, Kaye, Calla, Kaylah and Kayli are the popular alternative forms of Kayla (#102 last year) rated in the Top 1000. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity in 1999 and have become significantly less popular since, with forms such as Shayla, Kaylyn, Mckayla, Kayley and Cayla falling out of fashion. The more fashionable names for newborns among these are Kaylee (#52), Kayla (#102), Kyla (#359), Michaela (#478) and Kaylie (#517). (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Kayley, Kayli, Kaylie, Kaylin, Kaylyn, Keyla, Kyla, Kyle, Mckayla, Michaela in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Shayla, Tayla in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Katherine, Kayla, Kaylee, Kyla, Michaela, Tayla outside U.S.

Similar Names

Kayla is pronounced similarly to Kahli, Kala, Kalea, Kali, Kalia, Kalli, Kally, Kaly, Keala, Keela, Keila, Kylah, Kylea and Kyli. Other recommended similar baby names are Bayla, Dayla, Gayla, Jayla, Kahle, Kalle, Kamyla, Karla, Kaya, Kaylan, Layla and Rayla. These names tend to be less frequently used than Kayla.