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What does Leila mean?

Leila Pronunciation of Leila [leila] 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.

Associated with: arabic, night (black), beauty, 19th century.


Leila has 12 variants: Laila, Layla, Leela, Leelah, Leilah, Lela, Lelah, Lelia, Leyla, Lila, Lilah and Lyla.

Affiliated girl name: Loelia.

Creative forms:
(female) Leilas, Leile, ..

(male) Leilaw, Leilo, ..

Middle name pairings:
Leila Esperanza (L.E.), ..

How popular is Leila?

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)

Leila was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its apex position of #178 in the U.S. then, and is at #247 presently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Leila (#247 the previous year) rated in the Top 2000 are Laila (#169 the previous year), Layla (#30), Leela (#1211), Leilah (#1254), Lela (#1526), Lelah, Lelia, Leyla (#781), Lila (#199), Lilah (#314) and Lyla (#142). Adoption of these relations of Leila was at its most widespread 1 year ago (median #794) and has remained as widespread to this day (#822, down 4.2%), but with forms such as Lelah becoming less fashionable. The most trendy baby names in this list are Laila, Layla, Leila, Leyla, Lila, Lilah and Lyla.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leila, Laila, Layla, Leela, 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

Leila is alike in pronunciation to Lailie, Laily, Lalla, Lallia, Lalya, Laylah, Leala, Lealia, Lealie, Leelee, Leola, Lili, Lilia, Lilie, Lilla, Lillia, Lilly, Lilo, Lily, Lolly, Louella, Luella, Lula, Lulu and Lylah. Other suggested similar names are Avila, Breila, Cecila, Ceila, Dela, Delila, Dila, Emila, Gaila, Geila, Keala, Keila, Leana, Leena, Leesa, Leia, Leida, Leigh, Leina, Leisa, Lena, Lenda, Lenna, Lesia, Letta, Lexina, Leya, Lia, Liba, Lil, Lilas, Loida, Luiza, Mela, Mella, Naila, Neila, Neilla, Nela, Neola, Perla, Rella, Seila, Shila, Tecla, Tekla, Tsila, Twila, Verla and Zila. These names tend to be less commonly used than Leila.

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