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What does Leela mean?

Leela /lee-la/ as a girls' name is of Arabic derivation, and the meaning of Leela is "night beauty". Leela is an alternate spelling of Leila (Arabic).


Leela has 11 variants: Laila, Layla, Leelah, Leilah, Lela, Lelah, Lelia, Leyla, Lila, Lilah and Lyla.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Leelo, Levla, ..

(male) Leele, Leeleo, ..

How popular is Leela?

Leela is an uncommon given name for females. Leela is an equivalently rare surname too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)


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

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Leela for girls. Leela entered the list in 2006 and reached its highest position of #1087 in the U.S. in 2013, and is at #1142 currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Laila (#149 from recent data), Layla (#29), Leila (#241), Leilah (#1161), Lela (#1486), Lelah, Lelia, Leyla (#686), Lila (#183), Lilah (#312) and Lyla (#140) are the prominent alternative forms of Leela (#1142 from recent data) appearing in the Top 2000. These forms of Leela are at the top of their popularity today (adoption of 1.14%). Leila is a constant favorite, though Layla is now the preferred form, while forms like Lela have become less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leela, Laila, Layla, Leila, Leilah in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lela, Lelah, Lelia, Leyla, Lila in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names


Leela is alike in pronunciation to Laela, Lala, Lali, Lalia, Lalla, Lallia, Lally, Lalya, Laylah, Lealia, Lealie, Leelee, Lellia, Lili, Lilia, Lillia, Lilly, Lilo, Loelia, Lolly, Louella, Luella, Lula, Lulu and Lylah. Other suggested similar names are Akela, Anela, Arela, Bella, Ceila, Geela, Jeyla, Kaela, Keela, Keila, Lael, Leana, Lee, Leece, Leecea (see Licia), Leena, Leenah, Leeona, Leesa, Leesha, Leeta, Leeya, Leeza, Leisa, Lemuela, Lenda, Leneta, Lenya, Leora, Leota, Lesha, Lesia, Lesli, Lesly, Lesya, Letha, Leya, Leyda, Merla, Nela, Nella, Neola, Orela, Pella, Seila, Seula, Shela, Tecla, Teela and Verla. These names tend to be more commonly used than Leela.