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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Ila
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Ila in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Ila:
Records indicate that 18,295 girls in the United States have been named Ila since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1925, when 642 people in the U.S. were given the name Ila. Those people are now 89 years old.
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Comments about the name Ila
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41 Positive Comments
"I was named after my grandmother her name was mary ila I never got to meet her so I always thought my name was special because I was named after her..i never heard of anybody having that name growin up I was born in 1966 but always felt blessed with my name ila charlene" May. 20, 2014:
"My name is Ila. I was named after my Aunt Ila who died at a young age. She was born in the late 1920's. Often times people pronounce illa , Ida, Ira, but some do pronounce it eyela Often times people do not pay attention much to the spelling, but what is familiar to them. It is not a common name today. I have grown to appreciate the name, especially named after a dear family member who I never had the opportunity to meet." Mar. 24, 2013:
"My name is Ila Valeen. I am named after my aunt Ila and my cousin Valeen, I love both names and Valeen is also unusual.I am 79 My granddaughter has Valeen as a second name. So far no new Ila's" Mar. 13, 2013:
"We decided not to spell it Isla because we live in a state with lots of Spanish speakers and to them it is their word for Island, as pronounced EeesLah... like La Isla Bonita. Therefore we chose ILA!" Feb. 6, 2013:
"My name is Ila after my great grandmother. I love it and will keep passing the name down when i have a daughter.
The spelling Isla gets on my nerves, Ila is the origional spelling in my eyes." Jan. 31, 2013:
"Im due to give birth in may anx her name shall be Ila rose i love it its very pretty and girly her big sister is called Alaska blue!" Jan. 16, 2013:
"My mother is named Ila Alice after both of her grandmothers. Ila and Alice. We pronounce it eye-la. I think it is a lovely name." Dec. 19, 2011:
"Ila was my mother's name. She was born in 1922. Pronounced (eye-lah)." Jun. 15, 2011:
"my name is ila and I am 42.My mom gave me this name when she was pregnant with me and moved to Vancouver Island Canada.I have always loved my name .I feel it is a very pretty name for a femine or petite girl." May. 27, 2011:
"my daughters named ila afyer her nanna, shes 2, its a beautiful name, so pretty" Dec. 26, 2010:
"i was named Ila Karren after my grandmother of the same name. my name use to drive my insane because no one would ever pronounce it right (its Eye-Lah) or if i would say it no one would spell it right. though over the years ive grown to love it since i always know when some one is yelling for me and not someone else. plus ever since my grandmother passed a way to make it feel like shes being remembered since i think of her everytime someone calls out my name. i love it." Dec. 15, 2010:
"My name is Ila Renee and I was named after a wonderful woman. My Dads second cousin Iila.
She was the sweetest woman my Mom and Dad ever met. I have a sister named Ina Ruth and My parents wanted us to have similar names, so I got Ila Renee. I also have gotten the Hi-lah, ill-la and some of my close friends
just call me I. I do Love My Name." Dec. 7, 2010:
"I know the famous and hardly seen singer Sade(shar-day) named her daughter Ila whom she had in 1996. I know one person by that name and I pronounced it right the first time I saw the spelling of it." Apr. 8, 2010:
"My new grandaughter is named Isla, and I love this spelling also. Other varients are Ila, Isli( Eye-lee) , Islett( Eye-lett), Islet, Eyelet, Aila(pronounced Eye-lah) Aili( Eye-lee)Ailett, Ailet(Eyelet)Aylii(Eyelee) Izla, Izli, Izlyn, Iclyn,Aislin, Aislin, Aizlyn, Aizli, Aisling and Ayla Variants are : Ayla(with the long A sound)AYLI, Aili,AILA,Aylee,Aleigh , Aela and Aella...." Mar. 30, 2010:
"I'm 23 years old, and my name is Ila. (eye-luh) It took a long time for me to dig my name, but it's grown on me. People (professors at school) call me e-la or ill-ah a lot, and it's been that way since grade school. I'm named after my grandmother, and I have never met another Ila, aside from her." Feb. 2, 2010:
"I named my daughter Ila after looking at baby names online in 2005. I read that its means island in french. Many people when I tell them her name say that her unique name matches her beauty. I hope that when she grows up she realizes that her name was given to her because of it's uniqueness. We all want our children to be unique or outstand in something." Dec. 22, 2009:
"I have never meet anyone with this name but I love it and love the meaning even more..." Nov. 18, 2009:
"We have called our daughter 'Ila'. I am Hindu and it is an Indian name, and my dh is French catholic and it is also an old French name, so it fit perfectly. And besides, I love it. In Hindi it is pronounced 'Ee-la'. She often gets it mispronounced as 'eye-la' though." Sep. 8, 2009:
"My name is Ila. I am a 20 year old female. I was named after my grandmother. It's an old name, and was very popular during the time of her birth, but quickly faded into a near nonexistence. Now, it's becoming ever more popular! I wish it wasn't. I love the uniqueness of my name and I always have! I've never wanted to be an "Amanda or Sarah or Kate" I love my name and am trying to find a way to incorporate into my future daughter's name! :)" Jun. 26, 2009:
"Hi from England- where it rains - a lot. Everyone tries to spell it with an S which is apparently scottish (Isla)- weird right?! I like the name but sometimes people give me funny looks when i say it. But in the end they say something like 'very nice' which is lame but still reasuring. I get called I a lot or I-lah-lah then there's hi-lah like someone said before...scroll down...
My mum was in india when i was born and its a hindu name so it figures. Overall its weird and wacky so i like it! xxx" Jun. 26, 2009:
"My name is Ila and I love it, when someone calls your name,(if they say it right)you know they are calling you and not Sue or Lisa or such....I have met a few other women much older than myself with my name, but noone younger, I am in my 40's. It's nice to have a unique name :)" May. 24, 2009:
"My 1 year old daughter is named Ila, and I love it, people say "i havent heard that name in a very long time" So I like the reaction i get from people. My baby one day will be famous for any reason not just acting my a famous brain dr. so watch out world here comes Ila Noahveleighia Lipsey. So remember that name." Apr. 27, 2009:
"My 92 year old mother's name is Ila. I have only met one other Ila in my life and she was about the same age as my mother. It is nice to read that the younger generation is again using this unique name. When I was young (having my own children), I didn't want to use the name and I really wish I had! I am currently trying to talk my daughter into naming her baby girl Ila (they have already decided on Elizabeth for the middle name)." Dec. 29, 2008:
"Ila is also Hindi. I am adopted from India and that is my birthname." Dec. 15, 2008:
"My name is Ila Ruth. From the south where people use 1st and middle name. I love my name as my last name is 'Devine" Ila Ruth Devine; has a swing to it. I always have used my double name and proud of it and want to be called by first two names. I was named after an Aunt Ila and an Aunt Ruth as people in that part of the country in 1920 to 1940 and maybe now feel you should name your children after someone you know." Oct. 19, 2008:
"wow And I thought I made that name up. I am 9 months pregnant and we are planning to name our 2nd daughter Ila. My mothers name is Ida and I wanted a way to name my daughter after my mother without giving her the exact same name. I love this name especially because it is rare and it has a beautiful sound to it. Her name will always sound soft and sweet even if she becomes my little terror." Aug. 4, 2008:
"We named our daughter Ila after an old family friend. It gets mispronounced all the time. Mostly we hear Ida or Lila. It seems to be more popular than it was when I was a girl. We've never personally met any other little girls with the name, but we hear about many." Jul. 9, 2008:
"We named our 8 month old Ila it's just sooo sweet!!!We love it!" Jun. 17, 2008:
"hi, my name is ila and i am very fond of my name. Its a very unusual name, i mean everyone reacts like "wow, short and sweet". Yes, of course, there are problems with people when they hear it and pronounce it wrong. They will pronounce it as sheela or leela and i just hate this. i love my name so much for its uniqueness." Apr. 30, 2008:
"I was named after my great grandmother Ila. The correct pronunciation is "eye-lah", but people often give it a latin spin and call me "ee-lah", which doesn't bother me too much. But when I answer the phone "This is Ila" or say "I'm Ila", then they assume I'm saying "Zila" or "Mila", which is the a bit more annoying. People have thought up many ways to make it a nic-name, such as "Hi-la" or "Bye-la", but my favorite was "I lah, I love you." I have met a few people with my name, but most have been over the age of 50 and all of them have been very sweet and nice to talk to. Apparently it's a very old name for very nice people! :)" Feb. 28, 2008:
"Not one person has ever pronounced it right the first time. I was named after my great aunt Ila and she dies @ 4 yrs in a fire. I love my name SO much." Jan. 23, 2008:
"My name and I have liked the name. Most people try to make the spelling harder. I have met several with that name, one lady probably born in the late 1800's and another born about 1910. My mother heard the name on a girl she attended school with and that lady would have been born about 1910. A gal now probably in her 30's and now I have met a baby. The parents of the baby were told the name was Hindu, harkly I would think since it has existed in this country with the Ila spelling since in the 1800's. When in Europe the Scandanavians claimed it exspecially the Norwegians." Oct. 6, 2007:
"Dude. I met a really cool girl named ila. We don't know what her name means. The search online goes on." Jun. 30, 2007:
"My husband and I named our daughter Ila. She is now 19 months old and she fits the name perfectly. I am constantly getting compliments on how beautiful her name is. I researced her name a month before she was born and here's what I found (spelled Ila ~ pronounced eye-la):
Old French= island
French= from the island........hope that helps!" Jan. 2, 2007:
"My little sister's name is Ila Rose and we always get compliments about it. It realy is a pretty name" Nov. 9, 2006:
"Ila was the name of my husbands grandmother. My baby is due June 07, 2007. If it is a girl we plan on naming her Ila." Nov. 4, 2006:
"When you have a name like Ila, you become familiar with people saying your name wrong. Usually I'll just say it for them so they don't have to try, and when they find out how it is said they always comment on how unique and pretty it sounds. It is a cool name I think, not very popular so you won't have trouble sharing it with anyone(helps in school!). I've only met one other person, out of state and way older than me, who has had the same name as me. I like being the only Ila around!" Sep. 9, 2006:
"I was named after my Great Grandmother who was of Blackfoot decention (Native American). From the reasearch I have done, the meaning is simply "Bird of Prey." It is very rare to find someone who can pronounce "Ila" correctly much less spell it without adding extra letters. One time I had an employer who (even after being corrected several times) decided the new spelling was "Ilza." Don't ask to pronounce that. :) -Ila 22 years old, P.S. I LOVE MY NAME!!" Aug. 27, 2006:
"Were thinking about a variation on Ila for our imminent daughter. It's pronounced the same way, but we'd spell it Islay after the Scottish Island that produces all our favorite scotches." Jul. 23, 2006:
Hindu meaning is water of the earth.
Hebrew meaning is superlative uppermost." Dec. 2, 2005:
"correct way to say it is (eye luh) . It is often misspronounced. I am called all sorts of things, rarely ever Ila , the way it is supposed to be pronounced. I never can find the meaning of it though." Jun. 14, 2005:
30 Neutral Comments
"I named my daughter Ila June after two strong women which happen to be my ex husband grandmother who was the original Ila. June was for my grandma. She is 11 years old and I have only known of one person that was named Ila and it was a older lady. I love her name and she fits it to a tee!" Jul. 7, 2014:
"I was named after my Grandmother Beryl Ila, so my middle name is Ila (Luanne Ila) and my daughter I named CaitIla and her daughter is Kaylin Ila, maybe the next generation will be Ila as a first name. I love the unique name and have always pronuced it "I"and "La". I believe this came from the anscetors in Scotland that were neat an island named ILA." Feb. 27, 2014:
"I have a newborn grandniece given this first name." Jun. 26, 2013:
"I bought a painting of , it looks like a young women from India or that area. She is painted on wood with black background and a red shale on her head an shoulders. The artist Name on the painting is ILA. Any body know the artist?" Sep. 4, 2012:
"The name ila can mean of the island,it is from the native or old french metis nation.
my grandmother who was a french speaking native told me of its heritage." Oct. 17, 2011:
"My name is pronounced "eye-lah". I am 65 years old. My mother did not remember where she found it. One time in a bookstore a 3 year old, named Ila, was getting into EVERYTHING! It was so unusual to hear "Ila, put that back." "Ila, come here, now." "Ila, look at this." I introduced myself and learned that her named was spelled the same as mine. Dont's see or hear my name often!" Aug. 18, 2011:
"Ila (The letter I should be pronounced as the letter E in the word English) is a Sanskrit word, and the meaning is Earth." Jun. 29, 2011:
"My name is Ila (Eye-lah). I am named after my Granner (Great grandmother), who i never got the chance to meet. I am 11 and recently met a 13 yr old with the name spelled the same and also named after her great grandma. I never see it printed on tings much and i still dont know what it means. when people hear my name they think it is spelled Iluh. I think Ila is easier." Feb. 4, 2011:
"Our daughter is Ila ( pronounced Eye-la) We just loved it she is nearly 3 now and we keep hearing of more Ila's...good choice people!!!" Jul. 5, 2010:
"I'm 27 years old born in the UK and my name is Ila from the Hindu religion. When I was younger I always felt the name was not "normal" enough, over the years I have grown to love my name and never want to be "normal" just unique... My name is pronounced Eela but spelt Ila I often get called Ella or Eye-lah, bit of a repetitive process correcting people but would never change my name!" Apr. 12, 2010:
"I am named Ila Louise, named after 2 family friends. I am 57yo. An old friend always called me Ila May for some reason which I liked so never corrected her. I hear the name more since living in the Northwest than I did when living in the midwest. I pronounce it eye-la. I am often called ee-la and ill-la & correct just so the person will know. My husband had aunts named Nila, Ilda, & Iola. very confusing at first." Feb. 8, 2010:
"I love the way it sounds -- but the spelling is tricky (Ila, Iyla, Isla,etc...) and it doesn't seem like anyone can pronounce it...not to mention it has orgins in Spanish, Hindu and Scottish. So it's unique but tricky without having to make sure people understand how to spell or pronounce it." Jan. 13, 2010:
"My daughter was born July 2009 and we named her ila rose. we pronounce it "eye-la" and love the way it sounds and the island origin of the name. We thought about spelling Isla, the scottish origin, but thought ila was more simple and hopefully easier to pronounce." Jan. 8, 2010:
"my grandmothers name is ila ruth anderson she passed in 2000. and untill now her name ila ruth was the only one ive heard of untill i found this site. so i guess it is really a rare name." Oct. 28, 2009:
"My name is Ila, by religion I am Hindu and my name is an ancient Sanskrit name literally meaning Earth. Ila is also the name of the Hindu goddess of sacred speech and is recognised as the daughter of Manu (in Hindu traditions, Manu is a title accorded to the first man), having arisen from a sacrifice which Manu performed for the purpose of obtaining off-spring. In Hindi it is pronounced Ee-la but does sometimes get mispronounced as Eye-la. Iým often told I have a beautiful name so Iým quite proud of it!" Sep. 23, 2009:
"I am thinking of naming our baby Ila - if its a girl - but I like it pronounced I-la (eye-la.
Do you all pronounce it Il-a??" Aug. 6, 2009:
"My moms name is Ila. I have grown to love it very much and it's so unique, I want to incorporate it into my future daughters name somehow." Jul. 5, 2009:
"My name is Ila Virginia...from the South. I was named after my grandmother and I was the only Ila I knew growing up except for her. Now, I hear it all the time. Amazing! I guess like fashion, names make their way back. I actually go by Ginger...go figure. Yes, everyone pronounces it wrong the first time (Ila, that is.). I know that when I hear eel-ah or ill-ah that it is me and I don't even correct them." Jun. 8, 2009:
"There is a residental street in Stuart, Martin County, Florida named "Ila Street" in 1925 for a baby born to a family who lived in the neighorhood. The street is still there." May. 12, 2009:
"My name is Ila. I am named after my father's mother. I have it pronounced incorrectly as well, except i get "ela" most of the time. I haven't always liked my name. I got a unique name and being the younger daughter, i wanted to fit in.
Now that I am older, I cherish my uniqueness and the uniqueness of my name." Feb. 25, 2009:
"My middle name is Ila, and I decided to start using my middle name a few years ago. I don't know why my mom decided to make my middle name the family name. My Grandmother's sister was named Ila-May. I love my middle name! It really is a very unique and beautiful name!" Feb. 19, 2009:
"I luv my name ila , and now i have got use to people pronouncing it wrong, most of them say eye-laa , sometimes i do clarify them that like independent is not eyen-dependent and so is not my name eye-laa. My grandfather gave me this name, and it means wife of Adam...the first female on earth, the nourisher ,the giver ." Jul. 29, 2008:
"Our 9 month old is called Ila,it's such a sweet name we love it!!!" Jun. 25, 2008:
"My name is ila.I live on Vancouver Island in cananda.I love my name and my decent is metis indian.most people that I meet think it is a very pretty name.Where I come from it means Woman of the island." Jun. 16, 2008:
"Well,my name is Ila and it can be hard sometimes.Like,in school.Whenever it's like the first day or a sub I know where my name is on the list when they stop and put on a puzzled face.Or,when people call me "ill-ah" when it really is "eye-la".But the name really is pretty and unique.Just like my personality.:].I have never met someone else with the name Ila I really hope to some day.My parents found the name is a baby book.They wanted an old french name and they cam across Ila." Jun. 13, 2008:
"My name is Ila-Hida Sissac. I was named after my grandma Ila-Hilda Salvin" Jan. 8, 2008:
"My daughter's name is Isla Jane (pron. like Ila) I love this name. I didn't like the Ila spelling because the I and L often look the same when typed. So we decided to spell it Isla." Jun. 24, 2007:
"My name is Ila. I have always had great comments on my name. Everyone like it! The problems are in the computer - "I" can look like an "L" and I've been called "LA", I've also been Ida, Iva etc if people don't cathc the "L". People look for a name that is common to them." Jun. 5, 2007:
"My name is Ila but it is pronounced ýE Lahý. It is a Hindu name referring to Goddess Saraswati ý the goddess of knowledge." Apr. 13, 2006:
"nobody ever spells my name right-and people always ask how to pronounce it. its really simple just 3 letters, but i love having an odd name" Nov. 24, 2005:
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