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  • Records indicate that 54,050 girls in the United States have been named Lila since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2010, when 1,953 people in the U.S. were given the name Lila. Those people are now 7 years old.

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    Comments about the name Lila

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      85 Positive Comments

  • "My daughter is named Lila Grace. It is a beautiful name, for a beautiful girl!" Mar. 17, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names Lila ( lie-la) and I love it :) even though people usually say it lee-la :( I think it's a really beautiful name :)" Dec. 3, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was growing up I always HATED my name, Lila. I never go by that name. My mom always called me by my middle name. Now that I'm older I think its a beautiful, rare name. I only know of one other person with my name. It was who I was named after, my great grandmother. I never met her but she was a beautiful woman with a beautiful name!" Nov. 13, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 6 month old daughter is Lila. I love the name but unfortunately, it often gets pronounced Leela or Lilla. I know some have suggested spelling it Lyla to avoid that problem, but I think the y makes it look "trendy," plus I didn't want it to be confused with Layla. I'm also a bit surprised at how many people are saying it's becoming too popular; in 2010 it was only ranked 155, and I've never personally encountered another child, or even an adult, named Lila! Hopefully it isn't the next Madison, I dislike super trendy names." Aug. 3, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I liked Delilah but hubs wasn't sold so Lila it was ;)" Jul. 7, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lila and I really like it; the sound, meaning, and uniqueness all contribute. I don't mind when people mispronounce it (which doesn't happen often). I have only known a few other Lila's. In hebrew Lila means night and coincidentally I have always been a night person since I was a little kid. Great Name :)" Mar. 30, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter "Lyla" who is almost 2 months old! We just found out that the word "Lila" in German means purple which happens to be my favorite color. Unfortunately I know of 2 other girls born within the last few years with this name. So far no one has misprounced it.. but we did opt to use 'y' instead of 'i'." Feb. 18, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love this name if we have a girl it will definately be lila, is beautiful and exotic. its a short form of delilah, so i dont understand how it gets mispronounced" Dec. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name, Lila. As a child I didn't like it because it was so unusual. Now, that is why I love it! However, it is true that it is often mispronounced. I travel a lot and am often called Leela, but somehow that doesn't bother me. I still think it's unique. It was my grandmother's name - and she had an identical twin names, Ila. Yes, it's true. My foreign friends always take delight in telling me the meaning of my name." Dec. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am due in 6 weeks and I am planning to name the baby Lila if its a girl. I don't understand how people can mispronounce the name!" Nov. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I have a child I really would like to name my daughter Lila as I love it. But, I always have pronounced the name as 'Lee-La' I love the spelling and the name, but many people are saying it's pronounced 'Lie-la' which is still a very nice name but I prefer 'Lee-la' because it?s so adorable. I really can?t understand why it isn?t pronounced ?Lee-la? because Lilo of ?Lilo and Stitch? is pronounced ?Lee-lo? So why does the ?O? and the ?A? make a difference. I think it?s where you?re from, in Hawaii, Spain etc then people will pronounce it the way I like but in England (Where I?m from) they would pronounce it as ?Lei-la? which is really annoying!!! I guess most people are going to have problems because the way it is spelt will confuse many people because it's a beautiful unique name!" Nov. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I NAMED MY LITTLE GIRL LILA AND LOVE IT. THE ONLY FRUSTRATING PART IS THAT HER BEAUTIFUL UNIQUE NAME IS GETTING MORE POPULAR." Oct. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named our daughter Lila but spelled it Lylah but people often call her Laylah by mistake." Oct. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i want to name my daughter Lilah. But i want it to be said like 'Lil - ah' Kind of like little ah but lil'ah. :) I love it!" Oct. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lilaand people pronounce it as lilah i dont like when they pronounceit wrong i get mad but i love my name :)" Sep. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's always been Lie-Lah to me and it's the name I'm using for my baby girl :) If I wanted Lee-Lah I would have spelled it with an e. It's only one letter off from Lilac which is pronounced Lie-Lac so I don't see Lila being pronounced any other way." Aug. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "No offence to all you Lilah's but, I'm having a new puppy and I'm calling her Lilah as my boy puppy is Levi and I love the name and think they go well together!" Jul. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "If our third baby (due Nov 2010) is a girl, her name will be Lila (Lie-la), older sisters Mia and Nina. I LOVE the name but am slightly concerned that it will be pronouced incorrectly. Might consider Lilah or Lyla, but like the spelling Lila best..." Jul. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lila and I'm from Macedonia. This name is rare name in my country. Someones say that is a flower name, like Lilac. It's also used for another name of violet color. It's pronounced Lee-la and it's sounds very graciously and sweet in same time. I know that this name is mostly used in arabic countries. I like my name a lot!!!" Jun. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love the name, im going to go for Lil-a for my daughter, am i to spell it Lilah?bit confused" Jun. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Lila (Lie-La) holds a special meaning to me as it was my paternal Grandma's name. She was Lila Maria and her family emigrated from Finland. I always assumed it was a Finnish name but perhaps not. It's a beautiful name and every time I hear it I think of my precious Granny." Jun. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter Lila Katherine 3 months ago when she was born. We combined two grandmother names. It is pronounced Lie-La." May. 17, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Lila Jane in 2004...after my husband's grandmother and my mother. Love it and most everyone else does too!" May. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I are due to have a baby girl in about 4 weeks and we have planned from the very beginning to name her Lila Rose. We will pronounce the name (lie-la) and we are very excited. She will be our little "evening rose" (Lila means "night" in Arabic)." May. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I had a Chocolate Labrador Retriever who was officially named "Lucy's Little Miss Cocoa Lila Mae" (Lucy was her Black Labrador surrogate mother). I always loved the name Lila as I had a customer named Lila Glazener and always loved the Southern sound of that name. My Lila (may she rest sweetly in heaven as I lost her this past November to cancer) was the happiest and most loving spirit I've ever known. It was a fitting name, and I didn't much mind that people sometimes pronounced it Lee-lah as I also liked the spelling much better than Lyla which has a masculine look somehow!" Apr. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "To the poster from Dec 2009: Our daughter is Lila Eloise! We love her name, as does everyone else who hears it. She is named for 3 very special women, and I love that she carries part of each of them with her." Mar. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Lila Grace, and yes for some reason everyone wants to call her "Lee-la"" Mar. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our little girl Lila (Lie-la) Elizabeth and fell in love with the name as soon as we heard it. People do pronouce it as Lee-la if they read it off of paper but we get so many complements on her name, we don't mind!" Jan. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter who was born in 2003 is named Lila. I picked it out of a baby name book because it just struck me as a beautiful name. People always comment on her beautiful name." Jan. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names Lila. i love that it manages to be both feminine without coming off too girly, like Tiffany or Michelle. It's unique and has edge." Jan. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really like this name. I like it pronounced Lye-la. The first thing I think about when I hear this name is a pond with lily pads floating on it. Which seems really peaceful and beautiful." Dec. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my cat Lila pronounced "Lee-la". I spell it like that because the pronounciation in both French and Hungarian is as such when spelled that way. (I'm of Hungarian descent and live in Quebec) Love it! And it's great for humans too! :)" Oct. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am naming our daughter Lila Eloise and thought it was a unique name until my girlfriend said she just saw it in a People magazine as a "poplular" name. Ah man now people are going to think I named her that way. I have had that name in my mind for 2+years! :) I am not changing it however. I have an Owen, Miles, and now a Lila it just fits too perfect." Oct. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I Love my name! I didnt realize it was such a popular name and used to feel sad about my name exspesially when people would pronounce it wrong... (eg... Lee- Laa, Lil-a, Lily, layla when my parents and great aunt who I was named after pronounced it Lye-la) But I have come to realize that it only takes one correction for people to get your name right and it is worth it to have such a cool name in a world filled with very popular names such as Hannah or Caitlin." Oct. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter Lila Bridget. After my husbands grandmother on his fathers side. She was Lila Mae." Aug. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Since moving to PA I have met 2 other Lila's. I am 40 yrs old and the other 2 Lila's are under the age of 8! It's a BEAUTIFUL name!" Aug. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just named my daughter Lila Antoinette. Love love love the name - it just came to me, and once it was in my head there was no turning back! We pronounce it Lie-lah -- the only annoying thing is that some people do want to say "lillah" or "leelah" I have tons of friends that have had baby girls in the last 2 years and not one person has named their baby this. it may getting a bit more popular but it is still very unique and gorgeous." Aug. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a great aunt named Lila. She turned 80 today. Her name is pronounced "Leelah".Her husband who is Irish pronounces it "Lil - ah". My great aunt is wonderful woman and I always associate the name Lila with beautiful things and beautiful people because of her. My aunt lives up to her name's meaning " Daik haired beauty". She is of Samoan and Chinese parentage." Apr. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lila (lie-la) and I just love it. I have met a few other people named Lila, same pronunciation. I think it's a great name, very lyrical (if the right person says it) :)" Apr. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We had a daughter last year and named her Lila Jane (Jane after my mother). We don't know any other Lila's in the entire city! The best part is that everybody loves the name and they think it's simple and beautiful. Best of all, she will be able to spell her name faster than most! :)" Apr. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lila, pronounced LIE-lah and I used to hate my name. I always wanted to find something with my name on it, like a pencil or a shirt, like the ones they sell in stores. Now, I love it. It's unique and I've only ever met one person with that name before. I am both britisth and egyptian and it was compatible with both cultures as you can pronounce it in arabic and english. the only problem I still have with my name is that everyone says my name wrong at first, either saying Lil-la or Leela, which sometimes makes me mad because it is not that hard to pronounce! ha but other than that, I love my name." Apr. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lila and I am 13 years old. I love my name because it is unique and I don't know anyone with my name. The only thing I find annoying is that hardly anybody can prnounce my name right. Its always lill-a or lyla or leila... I pronounce it Lee-la. I am glad I wasn't called Lilly; which is what i was going to be called. :)" Apr. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are expecting our first child this August and we are naming our little girl Lyla (lie-la) Rae (Rae being my and my mother's middle name). I just absolutely love the name and whenever we tell people our choice the love it too!" Apr. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Lila Grace, she was 15 last Sunday. Her father is Algerian and the first name was his choice and I loved it and still do. I was disappointed when Kate Moss gave her daughter the same name, I hope it does not become too popular as this was another reason I loved the name, it was not common 15 years ago!" Jan. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi, My name is lila. I am 7 years old and I LOVE my name. I used to hate it very much but once I learned that everyone loved my name I to liked it very much. And I hope people don't wear it out too much like "Mary" or "Joe". And I hope that everyone that has the name "Lila" will appreciate it." Jan. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm having a baby girl this spring and we're naming her Lila. I think it's sweet and classy and not too trendy. And with our last name is sounds very "old Hollywood". I'm so excited to use it." Dec. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am pregnant with my first child and we are going to name her Lila (Lie-la). I met a beautiful girl in middle school with the same name and have always loved it. We're Indian, and couldn't find a name that we both liked. We like how Lila is a name found in many cultures and hope our daughter enjoys having this as her name." Dec. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a LYE-la. As a child, I knew no other Lila's and felt persecuted to have such a weird name. Some people (teachers) would refused to believe that was my full name. "No, honey, your name must be Lillian. There's no such name as Lila." was one. Now I, too, LOVE the name and am always complimented. I believe it means 'night' in Hebrew; in Egypt, there's a story that I've been told is the middle-eastern equivalent of "Romeo and Juliet" with a "Leila" as the 'Juliet'. Most common mispronunciations: "Lee-la; Lay-la; Lill-a". "Lucky to be Lila"" Dec. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's interesting because in looking up the modern interpretation and thoughts on the name Lila, I was expecting to see more (or at least a little bit of) the Hindu interpretation of the dancer of the cosmos." Nov. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This name is very beautiful. (When pronounced Lie-Luh.) Though I am not married, pregnant, or anywhere near, in the future, if I have a girl, I would consider naming her Lila Belle, depending on her last name. It's so delicate. I love it!" Oct. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am pregnant with my first (a little girl!!)due on Jan. 14th and we already have our name picked out: Lilah (lie-lah) Grace. For some reason Grace seems to be a popular middle name w/ this, we're using it in honor of my boyfriend's mom. I saw the name and fell in love with it. We were considering Sophia and Isabella also, but they are incredibly trendy at this point and I wanted her to have something unique." Sep. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've been thinking of having a baby girl for ages and always thought I would name it Maria or Carolina after my mother. Then I fell in love with Marilia and thought I wouldn't change it ever but it seemed a very long name too. When thinking of a short name for it I came up with Lila, which I had never heard or met anyone with this name before.It's really uncommon in my country, portugal and it is pronounced (LEE-LA) and it just warms my heart and I think it has great personality although almost nobody likes it here. But Lila will be and after reading your comments I have no doubts how special this name is.cheers!" Sep. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lila and I pronounce it Lie-la. I love my name! I prefer my pronunciation but do get called lee-lah or lill-ah (like lily)the most, it's ok, I just kindly correct them. Also it does get misspelled but, I don't care. EVERYONE loves my name too. Growing up and shopping with my mom the cashiers would dramatically gasp and say "What a BEAUTIFUL name"! It always made me feel extra special. I've also had others that know me name their children "Lila". Probably cause I'm sooo great. lol, grin. Please use it and love your child. That's what will make them love their name anyway." Sep. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Expecting twins in October: Boy: Christopher Edward Girl: Lila Isabella" Jul. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lila (lie-luhh). poeple pronounce my name wrong all the time, but i look past it. my dad named me after his beloved grandmother, i thought it was espicially sweet." Jun. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just came upon this name and thrilled I did. I have been looking endlessly for a name for my baby girl due this summer. I wanted a name that is not trendy or overused but with some antique charm and I think this is it." Jun. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my baby (born April 6,2008) Lila. I get so many compliments on her name! We have a very complicated last name, so we wanted her first name to be simple. We soon found out that, though it seemed simple to us, people sometimes pronounce it Lil-a (like Lilly) or Lee-la. It took my husband and I over 24 hours past when she was born to decide on her name, so I hope she likes it as she grows up regardless of the mispronunciations!" May. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is one, and her name is Lila. I love it because it is simple yet elegant. Everyone comments on what a beautiful name it is." May. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "we named our 16 month old Lyla (pronounced Lie-la) and couldn't be happier with the name. People do frequently mispronounce it as Lay-la which I don't quite understand because there is no "e" or "a" before the y." May. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "it's my name : ) I love it, so unique (lie-lah)" Apr. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1963 and Lila (Lie-luh) is the name my parents gave me. It's a unique and beautiful name and I'm very happy with it." Apr. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name and the woman that has that name.Sometimes people use Leela and she hates that but then she doesn,t like her name but no matter I do.I think it is beautiful just like her." Mar. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We chose Lila (Lie-lah) for our daughter's name 16 months ago and I can't imagine a more perfect and lovely name. I have met one other woman named Lila, mid-forties, who was surprised to hear that it was my daughter's name too. Most people who ask what her name is just love it, and haven't even heard of it before." Mar. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This was my mum,s name and she was a night owl ,I,m finally thinking of having a baby and if my baby ,s a girl she would be called Lila ,its such a beautiful name it would be an honour in my book." Feb. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name, suggesting a dark beauty. It means night in Hebrew, pronounced lie-la. The Arabic Leila, also meaning night, is pronounced lay-la." Dec. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I would love to call my future daughter Lila Grace. It sounds like such a beautiful name. I read somewhere that it was Persian and meant Dark Haired Beauty." Dec. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "A great name, though I'd prefer it spelled Lilah. I prefer this name pronounced LIE LA, not LEELA." Dec. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "the correct way to say it is leelah and it means beautiful sunrise or sunset in the arabic language. or it means a precious color purple in the spanish language (equivalent to lilac in english language) i love my name and i hope many more girls to come receive to joy of continuing to carry it! it is an honor to be named after my grandmother!!" Nov. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "the correct way to say it is leelah and it means beautiful sunrise or sunset in the arabic language. or it means a precious color purple in the spanish language (equivalent to lilac in english language) i love my name and i hope many more girls to come receive to joy of continuing to carry it! it is an honor to be named after my grandmother." Nov. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "the correct way to say it is leelah and it means beautiful sunrise or sunset in the arabic language. or it means a precious color purple in the spanish language (equivalent to lilac in english language) i love my name and i hope many more girls to come receive to joy of continuing to carry it! it is an honor to be named after my grandmother." Nov. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter will be having her second baby girl in January. The fist is Violet and this one will be Lila Joy. What a BEAUTIFUL name." Oct. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my daughter's name. It does tend to get mispronounced (Leela is the most common mistake), but I still wouldn't change it for anything in the world. It's beautiful and feminine and relatively unique, although I have noticed it is becoming more popular over the past couple of years." Oct. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is my greatgrandmothers name born in 1899 and my Mom's name also. It does get mispronounced but its such a cool name" Oct. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love it! Would love to use it for my daughters name, but when I ran it by my 10 year old daughter she said Lila-liar ~ now I'm not so sure!" Sep. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think this name is gorgeous! I have been thinking about it a lot for my baby girl due in autumn. I can't believe people pronounce it lee-lah, though. Reading the Sweet Valley Twins books in grade school, though, I thought it was pronounced Lill-a, like the first sound in the name Lily. But that was because I was 10!" Mar. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Lila. I can't believe the amount of incredibly stupid and ignorant people out there who mispronounce such a simple name. Its LIE-LA as in "lilac" the flower." Mar. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter Lila (LIE-la) back in March of 2001. We were very surprised when (a) many people mispronounced it (LEE-la), and (b) quite a few other people in our town named their girls Lila too (or Lilah). People often try to spell her name Leila, which to my eye looks like LAY-la (another popular name in our parts!)." Mar. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Lila (pronounced Lee-la) is the name for the colour purple in German. Maybe that's why some people are confused over the name's correct pronounciation, which is (at least in English countries) 'LY-LA'. Kate Moss called her little daughter Lila Grace!" Mar. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are going to be naming out daughter (due in 3 months) Lila. I didn't know people couldn't read Lila and mispronounce it Leela... that is a bit disheartening. The "a" makes the "i" sound not a "e" sound. This is basic phonics." Mar. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like name Lila a lot and i wanna give this name my daughter (in future)We living in Europe so we don't have problem with saying in right way Lila,no one saying here Lee-la,Lila is Lila :).....so far i have son and his name is Luca :)...so now I wait for Lila :)" Feb. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We were considering Lilah (pronounced Lie-la) and now we are concerned. Does no one understand phonics? Leela?" Jan. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We just named our little girl Lila (Lie-la). So far no one has pronounced it right. We thought we would go for the simple, short spelling to make it easy for everyone. Hopefully as the name gains popularity people will know how to pronounce it. Still wouldn't change it, I think she and her name are beautiful!" Dec. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I disagree. I believe that it is pronounced Lye-la. I think that Lee-la is spelled Lela or Lelah" Mar. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Lila is a concept from Hinduism that explains the universe as a cosmic puppet theater or playground for the gods. "Lila" literally means "play," but in religious texts refers to "divine play" - life as a spontaneous game played by lighthearted forces beyond our understanding. In Vaishnavism lila refers to life and activities of God and his devotees. it is pronounced lee laa" Jan. 31, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "thinking of naming our baby this, would pronounce it LY-LA" Jan. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      4 Negative Comments

  • "Too Trendy. The next Jennifer - And I'm a Jennifer. If you're considering...Don't do it!" Jun. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "People often pronounce my name like Lee-Lah but its pronounced Li-lah. I used to hate my name but know I realize how lucky I am to have this beautiful name. I am the only one I know who has the name Lila." Jun. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know 5 Lila's born within the last year-This name is the new Jennifer!" Mar. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My very first niece was born yesterday, and her name is Lila Grace after my grandmothers. It couldn't be more perfect! (pronounced Lie-lah)." Sep. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

      52 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Lila but, I always am a bit mad when people pronounce it as lil a. Also sometimes Leelah.Its supposed to be pronpunxced as lie la. But now I really do appreciate my name. I mean my brothers names are Luke and Leo which are pretty cpmmon. Now i am sad its becoming A LOT more popular." Jun. 12, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm looking for my mom my name is Lila sarita Singh my mother's name is Michelle George" Mar. 30, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love it spelled "Lila" I plan on naming my daughter this." Feb. 23, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lila. For the longest time, I never heard of any one with this name. Even now I've only met a couple others. My parents are Hispanic and my mom's name is also Lila but the way we say it in Spanish is lee-la. Lie-la just wouldn't make sense in Spanish. And I always get complements on how pretty my name is! :) I think the proper pronunciation in English might be Lie-la though, I still prefere Lee-la." Dec. 4, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandmother's name was Lily, but she used Lila often. I pronounce it as Lie-la, it can also be pronounced Lil-ah as in Lillian, or Lee-la, or other ways, but the most I have seen is Lie-la and that is what I prefer." Nov. 24, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Lila Ann. My husband has loved this name for years! It is short, sweet and classy. Perfect fit for our baby." Nov. 8, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My first daughter is due in three months and we're naming her Lila after my maternal grandmother's mother. It makes my grandma light up to think of putting her in the 'original' Lila's cradle, which we still have. Didn't take any note of popularity or not when choosing - Looking at the peaks in popularity I think this is a throwback to honor grandmas past for many people choosing the name! since there's no spanish in the family, it's definitely pronounced 'Lie-lah' - meaning "Lilac," a favorite flower, in Spanish even if it's pronounced differently." Jul. 1, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name, unfortunately this name has skyrocketed in popularity, I have noticed many babies with this name. I met a woman with three daughters named MacKenzi, Brookelyn and Lylah. so you know this name is on it's way of being overused." Feb. 21, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "yes, this is my name and wow, do people have trouble pronouncing it! I mean it is not that hard it is pronounced just like it sounds ( lie la)=)" Feb. 4, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "This has been my name since 1952. No one could ever pronouce it correctly. Jr. High I took my middle name, Jo. How can you possible mess that up!(but people call me Jill) Could have been worse, I was named for my Aunt Lila May. My dad picked this out and I would never change it but I still to this day cannot get used to hearing myself called this. Not a dislike, just very odd name when I was growing up with all the Linda and Pam names. This was a very Southern Louisianna where my parents came from. Enjoy the name to all of the new little girls." Jan. 3, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is elizabeth but have been known as lilia since i was a child a nickname that stuck wont answer to any other name I only know one person with this name my partners aunt lila All my family children and grandkids know me as lilia Am very happy with this name love it" Nov. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is called Lila and we pronounce it Leela. I am quite upset by some of the comments on here suggesting that people pronouncing it as such are ignorant and stupid. My husband is Spanish and it is pronounced Leela there. And for the person who commented on "basic phonics"...how does she suggest the pronunciation of Lisa which is my name !! It is Leesa and not Lie-sa" Oct. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was Melba Ruth for the first six months of my life. My dad walked in and said, "I want her name to be Lila. So it is now Lila LeAnna. and has been for 76 years. People seldom pronounce it right, but I love the name Lila. Now it is becoming very popular. It was a bit popular in 1934. Thanks dad, for giving me the name Lila" Oct. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1965 and my name is Lila, I prnounce it Lil-ah, i got called lie-la and lee-la. I prefare my pronouniation as it is just Lil with an 'a' on the end and is softer sounding than Lie-la but i think as in lisa or lianne you can pronounce 'Li' as 'Lee' depending on accent or country of origin. I am from Liverpool and in th 70's my friends thought me exotic as they were Karens debbies and sue. I used to hatge the fuss but now their are lots of unusual names." Jul. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lila, pronounced Lie-la. I'll be 53 this year. I was a name sake from a Lila Mae Abbott who was a very good friend of my mother. Most of my life people pronounced it Lee-la and then while I was overseas, the Turkish and Portuguese pronounced it Laila. I have ran across a few others with the name and I'm thankful to be one of them....amazingly we are all dark haired...Everything I have run across says it's Arabic...either way...thank you for all that are still keeping the name alive." Mar. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name and am plannign to call our daughter (due in 14 weeks) Lila Sophia . It will be prounounced LIE-LA . Im sure there wil be some confusion over the spelling but I think its much prettier than Lyla" Mar. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a 1 year old daughter named Lila Rose, pronounced as Lie-la. People always pronounce it Lee-la or Lil-la. It is so annoying. It is not a hard name, haha. However, everyone thinks it is such a beautiful name. I am glad I chose it." Feb. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my 7 month old granddaugher is named lilah..whenever someone ask me her name..and i tell them...they get such a surprised look on their faces..and say "oh, it's such a nice name"...." Jan. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our oldest is named Lila Katherine -- LOVE IT. she is precious and her name is a little different but not totally wierd." Sep. 24, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I wonder why Lila got so much more popular recently. It's on my baby name list so that bums me out a little. The only Lilas (or Lilahs) I've heard of are Lila in Sweet Valley High and Lilah the evil lawyer girl on Angel. I guess there's one on Dexter, too, though my friends and I haven't gotten very far into the series." Aug. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is Lila Marie, Pronounced Lie-la. Beautiful name. Also 'Lyla' Oasis song." Aug. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandmothers name was Lila Mae. She was a beautiful person, so sweet and compassionate. I cherish the memories she created for me. We are expecting our first granddaughter and my daughter and son-in-law have chosen to pass the name down to her. I feel so blessed that they have given me this gift. I think it is a beautiful and unique name and spelling. My daughters name is Leah, so I think that will be cute to have a Leah & a Lila." Aug. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've always loved the name Lila. I'm only 18 but I know what I want to name my children already! If I have a girl she'll be Lila Rose. I think it's unique and beautiful." May. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lila and i love my name. I am named after my great grandma. Many people spell my name wrong or pronounce it wrong. It is said like Lie - luh. I don't really meet other people with the same name. I have only met one other person. She was very nice and funny. I really miss her." May. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lila - sounds like lilac without the c. I love my name because it is unusual in Glasgow and I had never met anyone with my name till I met my son's Mother-in-Law although hers is pronounced Lill-ah. I visited Tunisia a few years ago and they called me Layla!" Apr. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Italian and my wife is Vietnamese. We live in New York. We had a daughter last January and wanted a name that would fit our three-continent family. We chose Lila (pronunciation Lee-lah) and we are very happy with it. In our view, it is easy to spell, easy to pronounce in most languages, it sounds uncommon but not weird and it recalls a beautiful flower and color. And Lila is a very cute girl!" Dec. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names Lila. not sure were my parents got the idea but i love it. I have never met another Lila in my life but its fine with me (: the uniqness is what I love about it." Dec. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We want to name our daughter Lila, pronounced Lee-la, as my husband's family is from India. It seems most people pronouce it Lie-lah. Any thoughts?" Dec. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We're due soon and my daughter's name will be Lila May (May - my own mother's middle name). I have had the name picked since about 1 week after I found out I was pregnant, before I even new I was having a girl. It just came to me, and I think she was meant to be and have the name Lila. I love hearing so many positive comments on the name." Oct. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lila (Lye-la). I hated it as a child, love it now. (I was named after my grandmother..Lilah Ruth...she was "Ruth".)" May. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lila (Lee-la). My dad named me after Leila Khaled, the Palestinian activist. Although there are only four letters in Lila, it's always mispronouned. I get called either Lie-la, or Lil-a even my own gramma calls me Layla. I love my name however you prounounce it cos it's short and sweet and has soo many different meanings in many languages." Apr. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "there was a little girl who died of cancer, and her name was lila. i am naming my daughter lila in honor of that tough little cookie! love ya, Lila!" Apr. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We have 2 girls and 1 boy, Names are Lauren, Lilyen, and Brennen. I love the name Lila if we have another girl I might use it along with 2 other (L) names I love. Lila sounds really good with my girls names. It's beautiful!" Mar. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1964 and my parents named me Lila after my maternal grandmother, who turned out to be not that nice. I would like the name better if I had been named after someone I liked more. Lila is often mispronounced, so that is helpful when screening phone calls. I guess I don't mind it. It is nice having an uncommon name. It was easy to learn to write, too." Jan. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name is Lila (pronounced LYE-lah). People almost always pronounce my name wrong, (lil-ah, lil-ee, etc), and alot of the time it is spelled incorrectly (lilah, lyelah, and lots of other variations). I haven't met many people with the same name as I have, but there have been a few. I met an older woman (I'd guess around 50) in a clothing store one time, and my bus driver in elementary school knew someone named Lila, and I think that's it. I like my name and I am glad that my parents named me Lila. :]" Jan. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Leela Joy. stoked! people spell it Lila all the time." Nov. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We like Lila for our daughter. We live in Spain and whereas we will pronounce it Lila as in lilac, most people here will say Lila the Spanish way to rhyme with 'wheeler'. It doesn't matter at all to us - we already have one daughter, Iris, and that is pronounced differently here too. We kind of like that the girls will have two ways to say their names!" Jul. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wife is chinese. We called our daughter Lila, as the variant of Leela. All of her chinese friends/family can pronounce it correctly because Li is pronounced Lee in chinese. However, all my western friends (in Australia) get it wrong and say Lil-a. But I have to tell them it's like Lisa." Jul. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 2 year old little girls name is Lila and many people read it Lee-la It can get a bit aggrivating!! Hello can people read?? I named her after my Great Aunt." Jun. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hello! Lila/Leela is also a Hindu name. Spelled either way, it is pronounced "lee-la". Same goes for the color purple in Spanish. I think it sounds beautiful either way, but it really depends on which language you choose to follow." Apr. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ive always wondered why people pronounce it as Lee-la not Lie-la, but hey ho! Anyway I rememeber it from Sweet Valley Twins as well and want to call it my baby if i have a girl - that or Lola" Apr. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ive always wondered why people pronounce it as Lee-la not Lie-la, but hey ho! Anyway I rememeber it from Sweet Valley Twins as well and want to call it my baby if i have a girl - that or Lola" Apr. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is lila!!pronounced lyla like the oasis song!!i have never met another lila before in my life aside from my aunt!!no one knows how 2 say my name when they read it on paper,they always pronounce it as lee-la!!" Feb. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is lila!!pronounced lyla like the oasis song!!i have never met another lila before in my life aside from my aunt!!no one knows how 2 say my name when they read it on paper,they always pronounce it as lee-la!!" Feb. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter Lila, (Lie-la), a few months ago and since that time most people have been pronouncing it Lee-la, which drives me crazy. I am so happy to see that there are other Lila's out there!" Dec. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is Lila (lie-la) born in 2004. You don't come across this name very often, in fact, most people may have an "aunt lila" or something to that affect, but hardly anyone else has the name." Nov. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Lila which i love but she is constantly referred to as Lee-la which i hate. She is only 9 months old and I am considering changing her name to Lyla so no one can get the pronounciation wrong!" Oct. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Maybe it's me, but ever since I was a kid and read the Sweet Valley Twins series, I've pronounced the name lie(long i sound)-la." Oct. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This was the nickname for my mother and grandmother--their given name was Eliza. I am told this is the Gaelic form of Eliza." May. 30, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lila and even though it is a family name many people mispronounce it as Leela which I hate! The correct pronunciation is, Liela,as in 'Don't lie.' Only once have I used the mispronunciation to an advantage to ward off a telemarketer. LOL!In the 1950's there were very few Lila's and now thanks in part to Anna Lee's character, Lila Quatermaine on General Hospital, the name has gained in popularity, I've noticed." Apr. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Lil-a?! Argh I hate when people do that, it isn't Lee-la either. It is Lie-la. It's long dervitive roots are from Delilah. In sanskrit it is pronounced lee-la but that is because it is the noun for "play" but in hebrew reading it is princess of darkness. I rarely meet anyone with this spelling of this name. I know maybe one other person that I've run into with it. It's really not all that common at all. Commonly misspronounced on the other hand..." Dec. 14, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really like this name but must say I much prefer it pronounced Lil-a rather that Lee-la which i believe is the correct pronunciation (very disappointed)" Aug. 19, 2005: Report as inappropriate



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