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Meaning and name origin

Lela \l(e)-la\ as a girl's name is of Kiswahili origin, and the meaning of Lela is "black beauty". Also refers to "loyalty" in French.

For more information, see also the related girl name Leila.


Lela is a very popular first name for females (#485 out of 4276, Top 11%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Lela for girls. Lela reached its highest rank of #116 in the U.S. in 1890-1899. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 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 popularity of the girl name Lela and related names. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Leila (#241) and Lela. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Leila, Lela in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Lela is also pronounced similarly to Laela, Laila, Lala, Lali, Lalia, Lalla, Lalya, Layla, Leala, Lealia, Leela, Leelah, Leelia, Leilah, Lelah, Lelia, Lellia, Leola, Leyla, Lila, Lilah, Lili, Lilia, Lilla, Lilo, Lily, Loela, Loelia, Loella, Lola, Lolla, Luella, Lula, Lulu, Lyla and Lylah. Other suggested similar baby names are Cela, Dela, Lael, Lal, Lea, Leda, Leia, Lena, Leta, Lexa, Leya, Lil, Mela, Nela and Sela. These names tend to be less commonly used than Lela.