What does Twyla mean?
Twyla \tw(y)-la\ 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.
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. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Twyla for girls. Twyla entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its highest position of #863 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Twyla and corresponding names. Willa (#549 last year), Mina (#687), Vilma, Wilhelmina, Wilma, Velma, Twila, Elma, Helma, Minna and Billy are the prominent varying forms of Twyla. This girl name was at the apex of its popularity during the years 1890-1899 and has become significantly less widespread since, with forms such as Vilma, Wilhelmina, Wilma, Velma and Twila falling out of style. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)