What does Lela mean?
Lela /lela/ [2 sylls.] 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.
VariationsKreatif forms: Lelu, Liala. [more]
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, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Lela and associated names. Leila (#241 last year) is the only other prominent variation form of Lela. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.8465%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.3795%, down 55.2%), with the version Lela becoming less trendy. Leila (#241) is the most chic name for newborns among these, with this name enjoying a rekindling in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Lela▼ is 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.