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What does Leila mean?

Leila /lei-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.

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.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Leile, Leilu, ..

(male) Leilleu, Leilo, ..

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)


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

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Leila for girls. Leila was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its apex position of #178 in the U.S. then, and is at #241 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

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 2000 are Laila (#149 the previous year), Layla (#29), Leela (#1142), Leilah (#1161), Lela (#1486), Lelah, Lelia, Leyla (#686), Lila (#183), Lilah (#312) and Lyla (#140). Adoption of these relations of Leila was at its most widespread in 2014 (median #794), except for forms such as Lelah which have become 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.