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What does Lela mean?

Lela /lela/ as a girls' name is of Kiswahili origin, and the meaning of Lela is "black beauty". Also refers to "loyalty" in French.

Affiliated girl name: Leila.

Associated with: black, beauty


Kreatif forms:
(female) Leleo, Leley, ..

(male) Lele, Lelleu, ..

How popular is Lela?

Lela is a very popular first name for women (#485 out of 4276, Top 11%) and a slightly less popular surname for both adults and children (#113519 out of 150436, Top 75%). (2000 U.S. Census)


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

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Lela for girls. Lela reached its apex rank of #116 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, and is at #1486 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Lela and associated names. Leila (#241 from recent data) is the only other prominent variation form of Lela (#1486 from recent data). These relations of Lela were at the top of their popularity in the 1890s (adoption of 0.18%) and have become significantly less widespread since (adoption 0.09%, down 53.4%), with the version Lela becoming less trendy. Leila is the most chic name for newborns among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lela, Leila in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lela and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Lela is pronounced similarly to Lalla, Lally, Lealia, Lealie, Leelia, Leilah, Lelah, Lellia, Leola, Leyla, Lila, Lilah, Lili, Lilia, Lilie, Lillia, Lilly, Lily, Loela, Loelia, Lola, Lolla, Lolly, Lulu and Lyla. Other suggested similar names are Beyla, Cela, Dela, Gila, Illa, Isla, Jeyla, Kyla, Lael, Lal, Lana, Lea, Leana, Leda, Leena, Leeya, Leia, Leida, Leina, Lena, Lenah, Lenai, Lenya, Leota, Leslea, Lesli, Leta, Letta, Lexa, Leya, Leyda, Lia, Liba, Liesa, Lil, Lilac, Lilas, Lisa, Lita, Mela, Neila, Nela, Nola, Perla, Sela, Shela, Stela, Tesla, Tyla and Yula. These names tend to be less commonly used than Lela.