Meaning and name origin
Twyla \tw(y)-la\ as a girl's name is pronounced TWYE-lah. It is of English origin. Variant of Twila (English) "twilight, early evening". May be related to the French word for star, "étoile". Also possibly from "twill", a type of cloth, or originated as an improvisation on Willa or Wilhelmina. Usage is probably due to dancer/choreographer Twyla Tharp and to a character in a novel by Zenna Henderson.
Twyla is a very popular first name for females (#1412 out of 4276, Top 33%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Twyla for girls. Twyla reached its highest rank of #863 in the U.S. in 1930-1939. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Twyla and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Willa (#549), Wilhelmina, Twyla and Twila. (2014 statistics).