What does Twyla mean?
Twyla /tw-y-la/ [2 sylls.] 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.
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. 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. Forms like Willy are uncommon. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during 1890-1899 (usage of 0.4201%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.0637%, down 84.8%), with forms such as Twila, Elma, Minna, Billy and Velma falling out of style. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)