Meaning and name origin
Leila \le(i)-la\ as a girl's 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 popular first name for females (#708 out of 4276, Top 17%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Leila for girls. Leila reached its highest rank of #178 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Leila and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Layla (#29), Lyla (#140), Laila (#149), Lila (#183), Leila (#241), Lilah (#312), Leyla (#686), Lelah, Leilah, Lela and Lelia. (2014 statistics).
Leila▲ is also pronounced similarly 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.