What does Leila mean?
Leila \le(i)-la\ as a girls' name is pronounced LEE-lah, LAY-lah, LYE-lah. It is of Arabic origin, and the meaning of Leila is "night beauty". Used by authors for the names of exotic female characters in the early 19th century. The name is popular in the Middle East.
For more information, see also the related girl name Loelia.
Leila is a very prominent first name for females (#708 out of 4276, Top 17%) but an unusual surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Leila for girls. Leila reached its apex position of #178 in the U.S. then, and is at #241 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Leila and related names. Prominent variation forms of Leila (#241 the previous year) rated in the Top 1000 are Laila (#149 the previous year), Layla (#29), Leilah, Lela, Lelah, Lelia, Leyla (#686), Lila (#183), Lilah (#312) and Lyla (#140). Adoption of these girl names was at its most widespread in the year 2013 (usage of 0.4852%) and is almost as widespread today (usage 0.4782%, down 1.4%), but with the forms Lela, Lelah and Lelia becoming less fashionable. The most trendy baby names in this list are Layla (#29), Leila (#241), Leyla (#686), Lilah (#312) and Lyla (#140), and there is a rebound in birth name usage for Layla, Leila, Lilah and Lyla. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Leila is alike in pronunciation to Laela, Laily, Lala, Lalla, Leala, Lealia, Leelia, Lellia, Leola▼, Lili, Lilia, Lilla▼, Lilo, Lily, Loela, Loella, Lola, Lolla, Luella▼ and Lula▼. Other suggested similar baby names are Ceila, Geila, Keila, Leia, Leida, Leina, Leisa, Lil, Neila and Seila. These names tend to be less commonly used than Leila.