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.
(female) Lelai, Liala, ..
(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)
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 #1526 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with similar and related girl names. Displayed below is a study of the ranking of Lela and associated names. Leila (#247 from recent data) is the only other prominent variation form of Lela (#1526 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 0.08%, down 54.7%), with the version Lela becoming less trendy. Leila is the most chic name for newborns among these.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.