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What does Twyla mean?

Twyla Pronunciation of Twyla [twyla] as a girls' 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.

Associated with: star, novel (literary).


Twyla has 4 variants: Tuwyla, Twila, Twilla and Twylla.

3 more relations via Wilhelmina: Billa, Willa and Wylma.

Creative forms:
(female) Tala, Twyta, ..

(male) Twylao, Twytal, ..

Middle name pairings:
Twyla Zayda (T.Z.), ..

How popular is Twyla?

Twyla is a very popular first name for women (#1412 out of 4276, Top 33%) but a rare surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Twyla entered the list in 1910-1919 and reached its highest position of #859 in the U.S. in the 1930s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Twyla name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Willa (#481 last year), Wilhelmina (#1619), Wylma, Twilla and Twila are the prominent varying forms of Twyla. These relations of Twyla were at the apex of their popularity during 1910-1919 (adoption of 0.1%) and are somewhat less conventional today. Willa has generally been popular among parents, while forms such as Twila have lost favor.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Twyla, Twila, Twilla, Wilhelmina, Willa, Wylma in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Twyla is pronounced similarly to Tahlia, Talea, Tali, Talia, Tallia, Tally, Tallya, Talya, Tayla, Teela, Tilli, Tilly, Tola, Toolia, Toolya, Toulia, Toulya, Tula, Tulia, Tulla, Tullia, Tully, Tulya, Tyla and Tylee. Other recommended names are Ayla, Bayla, Beyla, Byla, Cayla, Dayla, Gayla, Jayla, Jeyla, Kayla, Keyla, Kyla, Layla, Leyla, Lyla, Myla, Nyla, Rayla, Shyla, Skyla, Taya, Tecla, Tekla, Tesla, Teyna, Thyra, Toya, Tsila, Tyra, Tyta, Tzila and Xyla. These names tend to be less frequently used than Twyla.

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