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What does Layla mean?

Layla /lay-la/ as a girls' name is of Arabic derivation, and Layla means "night beauty". Layla is a variant form, with the suffix -yla, of Laila (Arabic): see Leila. Layla is also a derivative of Lila (Arabic).

Associated with: arabic, night (black), beauty


Layla has 16 variants: Laela, Lailie, Laily, Laleh, Laliah, Laylah, Leela, Leelah, Leilah, Lela, Lelah, Lelia, Leyla, Lilah, Lyla and Lylah.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Layda, Laylaia, ..

(male) Laylou, Laylow, ..

How popular is Layla?

Layla is a somewhat popular first name for women (#2609 out of 4276, Top 61%) but a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name statistics of Layla for girls. Layla entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its apex rank of #29 in the U.S. in 2014. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Popular related forms of Layla (#29 in recent rankings) are Laela, Laila (#149 in recent rankings), Laylah (#593), Leela (#1142), Leila (#241), Leilah (#1161), Lela (#1486), Lelah, Lelia, Leyla (#686), Lila (#183), Lilah (#312), Lyla (#140) and Lylah (#614). Other variants, like Leelah, are seldom used. These forms of Layla were at the peak of their popularity in 2014 (usage of 1.19%). Leila has generally been a favorite of parents, although Layla appears to be gaining favor too, while forms such as Lelia have become less contemporary.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Layla, Laela, Laila, Laylah, Leela in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leila, Leilah, Lela, Lelah, Lelia in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leyla, Lila, Lilah, Lyla, Lylah in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Layla, Laila, Lyla outside U.S.

Similar Names


Layla is pronounced similarly to Lali, Lalla, Lallie, Lally, Lalya, Leala, Lealia, Leelia, Leola, Lili, Lilia, Lilla, Lilli, Lillia, Lilly, Lilo, Lily, Loela, Loelia, Loella, Lolla, Lolly, Luella, Lula and Lulu. Other recommended names are Ayla, Bayla, Beyla, Calla, Camyla, Cayla, Dalla, Darla, Dayla, Earla, Gala, Gayla, Gaylla, Hala, Jayla, Jeyla, Kaala, Kalla, Kayla, Kaylla, Lada, Lael, Lal, Lanna, Lara, Larea, Lata, Lawra, Layne, Leya, Leyda, Leyna, Loyda, Lyda, Lyra, Makyla, Marla, Nyla, Paola, Pavla, Rayla, Shayla, Shyla, Skyla, Tayla, Tyla, Vala, Valla, Xyla and Zakyla. These names tend to be less commonly used than Layla.