What does Leela mean?
Leela /lee-la/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name is of Arabic derivation, and the meaning of Leela is "night beauty". Leela is an alternate spelling of Leila (Arabic). Compare surname Lelli.
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. Census)
Laila (#149 last year), Layla (#29), Leila (#241), Leilah, Lela, Lelah, Lelia, Leyla (#686), Lila (#183), Lilah (#312) and Lyla (#140) are the prominent alternative forms of Leela (not ranked) appearing in the Top 1000. These girl names reached the top of their popularity in 2013 (usage of 0.4852%) and are almost as popular today (usage 0.4782%, 1.4% less), but with the forms Lela, Lelah and Lelia becoming less in vogue. The most fashionable girl names among these are Layla (#29), Leila (#241), Leyla (#686), Lilah (#312) and Lyla (#140), with Layla, Leila, Lilah and Lyla enjoying a rekindling in usage. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Leela and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Leela is alike in pronunciation to Laela, Lala, Lalla, Leala, Lealia, Leelee, Leelia, Lellia, Leola▼, Lilla▼, Loela, Loelia, Loella, Lola▲, Lolla, Luella▼ and Lula▼. Other suggested similar baby names are Geela, Keela, Lael, Leena, Leesa, Leeta, Leeya, Leeza and Teela. These names tend to be more commonly used than Leela.