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A few facts about the girl's name Leila:

  • Records indicate that 37,455 girls in the United States have been named Leila since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2010, when 1,495 people in the U.S. were given the name Leila. Those people are now 8 years old.

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      25 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Leila, and I find it unique, nobody else in my school is named that! If you're looking for a unique and different but pretty name,, Schoose Leila!" May. 30, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Leila ( Lee-Eye-Lah )- I was named after a great aunt's friend- when I was in grade and middle school, I didn't much care for me name- but now i love it! ( And I know when a telemarketer calls! Ha! ) BTW, I was bown way back in 1973!" Feb. 27, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my oldest daughter Leila (Lay-La) in 2001 when NO ONE I knew used the name. I chose it for it's flowing sound and because I had never met another Leila/Layla/Laila and I wanted something original (My name is Ashley, super common. Haaaaaate). To my dismay, she knows three other Leilas, although theirs is spelled Layla. I chose this spelling because I disliked the other spellings." May. 5, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Leila (pronounced layla) and I love it. I was born in 1979 and often people say how much they love my name. I'm petite, with long blond hair and green eyes and Arabic people are often surprised when I say what my name is. It's such a pretty name and I've never been ashamed of it. Sometimes people mispronounce it but it's rare... everyone is so accustomed to new and unusual names that it's never been an issue. I actually like the fact that it's spelled a bit differently because if I tell people my name and they want to google me they will be googling a "Layla" which is not me. ;)" Nov. 15, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name. I am due to have my baby girl and calling her Laylah although my DH prefers Leila. When i first saw the name spelt Leila i first pronounced it lee-la. So we are stuck on the spelling. I dont want people to miss pronounce her name wrong." Nov. 16, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "In German Leila is pronounced Lie-lah. The 'ei' is like the one in Heidi or Eileen. Of course, Layla and Lee-la are also correct. It depends on your language, where you're from. A gorgeous name and spelling in all cases." Sep. 19, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and it's often mispronounced and misspelled but I've gotten used to it. My name is pronounced Lay-la and spelled Leila. My cousin is named Leilani so they call me Leila and her Lani. Just so we don't get confused. Overall I love my name. I haven't met anyone with the same name yet but I hope to." Aug. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My baby is due in March and we are naming her Leila." Nov. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Leila. Pronounced "lee eye la". I am 51 years old and have never met another person who pronounced it this way, although every so often I will meet people who know someone who does pronounce it the way my name is pronounced. I enjoy having an unusual name although in Jr Hi one of my teacher's could never say my name and ended up calling me "Hey you."" Sep. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name Leila, I was named after--- not the Futurama character or the Eric Clapton song, but Leila Khaled, the Palestinian militant activist. "Leila" does get mispronounced a lot as "lee-la", not "lay-la"... apparently my father wanted to have it spelled Layla but my mother insisted on using the same spelling as Leila Khaled. Like the name though." Aug. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Leila (lay-la), apparently I was named after the Palestinian activist Leila Khaled. (I used to tell that to everyone when I was little until I learned who she was, and now I usually keep quiet about it, haha.) I've always loved my name, and it suits me cos I'm dark-haired (: It does get mispronounced as lee-la a lot, but I still like my name." Aug. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Beautiful baby daughter's name is Leila (lay La) And I always get Leela or Lie la But it is Lay-La she is a pint sized Leila Ali (whom I did not name her after but get asked from time to time) I gave her this name because I wanted twins Leila and Leena but didn't have twins so I went with Leila which means black beauty in African - Suiting :)" Jun. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "As a 1970s Leila (LEE-lah), I'm frequently asked if I was named for "that Eric Clapton song." I wasn't...I was born four years before he re-released the Derrick & the Dominoes song. ;) I have had some, ok a lot, of issue with mispronunciation/spelling of my name. At this stage, I just say, "No, it's not Layla...it's Leila, rhymes with Sheila." I've also had people tell me I should change my name to something more suitable to my looks. As a red-headed, freckle-faced Irish girl...it is a bit odd to have an Arabic name meaning dark (haired) beauty. I love my name either way. I was definitely unique amongst my classmates growing up, and still am amongst my peers today. Don't hesitate to use this beautiful and mellifluous name unless you're unable to handle having to correct people constantly. I have never met another Leila who pronounces their name Lee-lah in person. I've met a few Lelas and one Leela." May. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughters name is Leila, pronouced 'Lay-la". I've always loved that Eric Clapton song, and I loved the spelling of this. When people see the spelling, they ask if it's after the girl in Futurama, but it's really after the song! Mispronounciation and misspellings weren't an issue with us. She'll get used to it like I did lol." May. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My two-year-old daughter's name is Leila and it's almost always pronounced correctly (Layla). I also get asked whether I named her after the Eric Clapton song, but actually the most famous Leila is from the ancient love story of Leila and Majnun--the Eastern version of Romeo and Juliet. Every Middle Eastern child knows this tale, and Leila is a very common name throughout the Middle East." Mar. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Gorgeous exotic name, especially for a dark-eyed brunette." Dec. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter named Leila and I think it's the right way to spell...LOL" Jul. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have wanted to name one of my children Leila as long as i can remember! it is so beautiful and just flows... lol. But when it comes to the spelling of it im not sure which one to use....Lejla would be grammatically correct in serbo-croatian(mother language) but it might be hard to say in english so i leila or layla... hard decision do you know which would be the easiest to pronounce for other people when they meet her?" May. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We're planning on calling our new baby Leila (pronounced Lay'la) but my mother is worried about the effect of mispronunciations etc. Judging from the comments it seems like problems are common but that those with the name love it regardless. We're sticking with it - it's so pretty!" Jan. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lejla.. pronounced Lay-la like in Eric Claptons song... And people often get it wrong and call me Lila.. Pretty annoying :) Cuz I like my name as it is and think itýs very pretty!!" Jan. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name leila and if i have a girl when i'm older i want to call her liela coz its a gorgous name" Nov. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our youngest daughter Leila and we also pronounce it 'Lay-la'. She so often gets called 'Lii-la', rather annoying" Sep. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my friends name but my name is also Laila... the only difference is that mine is spelt with a "A" .. the pernouciation is the same." Jun. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Very pretty. Sounds a little too 1980's/90's to me (think of the Sweet Valley Twins and their friend Leila)." Jun. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Leila, pronounced lay-la. People mispronounce it all the time (lee-la, lie-la) but I am still happy we went with this spelling. It's beautiful." Apr. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      16 Neutral Comments

  • "I Wish There Was A Saint Named "St. Leila/Layla". I Pronounce It (Lay~Lah)" Feb. 1, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am due to have a baby any day now and if it's a girl I can't devide whether to spell it Layla or Leila... I love the Leila spelling but I don't want here to have issues with spelling and pronunciation." Mar. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Laliah, everyone one that does not know her say leliah..It drives me crazy and people always say i spelled it wrong but i found it on a website that laliah is a correct way....so girls be creative..with it. its fun" Mar. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I spell it Leila, pronounced Lay-la. It's not common, so I don't meet many people with this name. It's Arabic meaning "night" or "daughter of the night". As an adult I usually get a positive reaction to my name. I like it. If my daughter to have a baby girl, she would name her Leila." Jan. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "like the eric clapton song layla. its a beautiful song wrotten by clapton to george harrison of the beatles wife" Dec. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I use to hate the name growing up (pronounced LEE LAH). I was harrassed all through High School thanks to Eric Clapton. I think my mom just liked the name. I think it is a very grown up name. I get a lot of compliments about my name now and one nice thing about the pronunciation is I know when a telemarketer is calling because they never get it right." Aug. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Leila. People always pronounce it wrong. We Pronounce it "LEELAH." Once we say it, people still say it wrong! And they always think we named her after the Eric Clapton song. We actually got it from the one eyed, purple haired girl on "Futurama." Still Have not met anyone with the name." Jan. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Leia and she gets Leila all the time. She's actually getting used to it and named a puppet she was making Leila. She's now nearly five. At 3 1/2 yrs she was overheard muttering in her sleep 'It's not Leila, its not Leah, its Leia L E I A Leia.' Poor kid. Daddy's idea. But she seems to be more relaxed now." Jan. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Leila is the name of my beautiful daughter.It means "the night" in Arabic. We chose her name because we are a mixed family and we wanted a name which would bridge both of her cultures, ie Britsh and Arabic/Asian." May. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name! Sometimes they pronounce it like "lee-la" or "lee-i-la", but when they hear me pronounce it, I almost always hear "that's beautiful!" ...or they sing the Eric Clapton song =) It's a great name!" Mar. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our baby is called Leila but we pronounce it lie-la as in Delila" Mar. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it is a strange name that could generate alot of problems with spellings and pronunciation. Better sticking with a different name." Dec. 31, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Leila, but pronounced "Lee'la" and I was born in 1990 which is one of the lowest decades for the name Leila. People never know how to spell my name or pronounce it. My grandmothers name is leila and my great great grandmothers name is Leila and I'm pretty sure it has skipped a generation for a really long time. I'm not sure if I actually have any arabic in me though." Dec. 11, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Leila, pronounced Lee'la. It is a family name and although I meet many "Lay'la's", I never meet any Leila's with my spelling or pronounciation. I love having an unsual name with an interesting background." Dec. 2, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I had the expierence of growing up with this name (pronounced Lee-la. Spelling and pronunciation were always an area of difficulty for others. I learned that when the teachers were near the S names in class and there was a hesitation and a slow attempt to say the name, it was mine that they were at. As a child I quickly pronounced it to avoid embarrasement by correcting someone and now as an adult I will let people say it incorrect and usually do not correct them." Nov. 25, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Leila (pronounced "Lay'la"). Spelling it is difficult for people from time to time, but it has sparked interesting conversation! I'm proud that my parents gave me a name that reflects part of my heritage." Jul. 18, 2005: Report as inappropriate



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