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What does Lela mean?

Lela \l(e)-la\ as a girls' 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.


Popularity

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)

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 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)

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

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


Similar Names

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.

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