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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Lela

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Lela in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Lela:

  • Records indicate that 37,002 girls in the United States have been named Lela since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1921, when 908 people in the U.S. were given the name Lela. Those people are now 97 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Lela

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      6 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Lela and people always pronounce my name as Layla instead of Leela. It gets kind of annoying when i have to correct them all the time, but i love my name because that was my great-grandmas name." Feb. 26, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name I Leela. I've got picked on for it when I was a kid but I love my name. From every thing I've looked up it means: dark as night, born at night, and mysterious. I was born earlie morning, fair skin, blond hair, light green eyes, bubbley and always friendly... So... Not really the same. But the name Leela sounds happy. I love it!" Oct. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Lela b 1974 and although people regularly pronounce differently than what I was raised to believe is MY name... I like how Unique it is... I pronounce it Leela and as far as the meanings... I have seen it said to be dark beauty, dark as night or born @ night... and I was born just b4 midnight and had a full head of dark hair and have dark complexion... so It suits ME too! :-)" Jun. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "People always say my name, like Lyla or something. But it's said the way it's spelled. L-E-L-A, Lela. But yeah, I love my name. And it's not that common so that's one of the major reasons I love it ^_^" Jan. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Name is Lela and i was born in 1989 so your chart is wrong" Jan. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "People often pronounce it wrong, but I always get positive comments. It means dark beauty and sounds pretty." Aug. 31, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      2 Neutral Comments

  • "Never would have thunk I would find this so idnispsenbale." Dec. 14, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born 1987 and my name is Lela, pronounced Leela, not Leyla or Lila. And although in some middle eastern cultures it has a meaning of dark nights I am anything but. I have ashy brown hair, brown eyes, and extremely fair skin. I was named after an old family friend. Which makes sense since my name was hugely popular in the 1920's. I love my name so much that if it weren't creepy I would definitely name my daughter Lela." Sep. 7, 2011: Report as inappropriate

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