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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Laila
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Laila in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Laila:
Records indicate that 20,989 girls in the United States have been named Laila since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 2008, when 2,379 people in the U.S. were given the name Laila. Those people are now 13 years old.
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Comments about the name Laila
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73 Positive Comments
"I?m not giving away personal/ my friends info so either I know somebody who is called Laila or I am called Laila.
Anyways, basically everybody pronounces it as Layla. It is supposed to sound that way but in Arabic, it is pronounced differently. My friend/ I?m not Arabic so that?s probably why the name isn?t pronounced like that but I?m not gonna blabber on as it is irrelevant and me/ my friend don?t need to tell you. Sorry about that.
Anyway, some people pronounce it as Lila. I don?t know why but they do. They literally pronounce it L-I-LA. So ye but I don?t know anybody else called Laila except from me/ my friend so I would say it is quite a uncommon name. I don?t know if that?s true I heard that Laila is the 97th most popular name in England in 2010 and although that was awhile ago, I didn?t expect it to even hit top 200.
To be honest, I really like the name Laila and some people even compliment the name so it?s a win for all those Laila?s out there. Lol.
I wonder if you guessed if I was Laila or if t was my friend. It?s a mystery and nobody will know.
For some reason I?m gonna tell you a joke: what do you call cheese that isn?t yours?
Nacho cheese... get it? Because there is such thing as Nacho cheese and it sounds like nach-yo-cheese. This wasn?t necessary for people who already knew this joke or got it so sorry if you read it and found it boring and if you didn?t, well yay I guess.
I?m leaving now so goodbye (Again, another VERY irrelevant sentence but meh)
From anonymous_Potato" Nov. 14, 2018:
"My name is laila and I like it a lot , most people say my name wrong 😂 or the spell it Leila , and I only met one person with. The same name as me , but it was spelt it different 😂👍🏾🤷🏾♀️" Feb. 18, 2018:
"My name is layla raine, I love it, it was chosen for me, if you are naming a child do not doubt yourself, go with your heart, this is one area where you do not need anyone else's opinion, btw, I love the name that my mother chose for me :-)" May. 26, 2014:
"My name is Laila and I like this name too. However it's pronounced like "Lie-la",so people end up calling me "Lay-la" which I don't mind. I'm use to hearing it both ways." Aug. 15, 2012:
"my name is laila every on give compliment someone gives bad someone good this makes me sad" Apr. 20, 2012:
"My name is Leila Yasmin (lay-luh yaas-meen). I love my name. I have always been complimented on it and my husband even has my name tatooed on him in Arabic." Dec. 19, 2011:
"My Partner is from Bosnia & Hercegovina and spells her name Lejla." Nov. 1, 2011:
"My mom spelled my name Lila, and it was totally unique until I was an adult. The meaning I have found and like most is "gentle night," reminding me of a quiet, beautiful, starry night. I am serene and peaceful, so this fits me. I did not know that it is also an Hebrew derivation; I like that as I am fair with green eyes, and appreciate the Hebrew people. I like the Persian connection as well because of the legendary version of a similar "Romeo and Juliet" story, and the fact that is has been a conversation starter with many from that part of the world." Oct. 13, 2011:
"This is my little girl's name. I spell it Lailah, I have always loved that name from the first time I heard the singer's name Lalah Hathaway when I was very young. My husband thinks more of Laila Ali. LOL" Jun. 17, 2010:
"I am expecting in October! We chose the name Laila, but we haven't settled on a middle name yet!" Jun. 8, 2010:
"My daughter's name is Laila (lay-lah) Elise. People always coment on how beautiful her name is. I didnt think the name was all that popular until I registered her for day care and there were two other children with the same name, one spelled Laila and the other spelled Leila. I love this name and am so glad I chose it for my beautiful daughter :)" Jan. 13, 2010:
"Yes my daughters name is Laila it can be pronounced Lah la or la ee la... It is Arabic/ Hebrew in origin and means "Beautiful"!" Jan. 6, 2010:
"beautiful name! it has Hebrew origin and it means nightfall!" Dec. 19, 2009:
"My name is Laila said (Lay-lah) and I'm half Iraqi. I love that there are not many people I know with the same name, it does get a bit annoying correcting people on the how to pronounce it, but overall I love my name" Nov. 4, 2009:
"My name is Layla. I am over 50 and have not met many others with my name although in the past 15 years I hear mothers calling "Layla" in stores and it always surprises me. Arabic or Persian people are always surprised that a fair skinned, blonde American, is named Layla, as if they own the name or something. All in all I absolutely love my name and am grateful that my parents named me such a beautiful name." Oct. 24, 2009:
"I love writing stroies i have ever since i was a little girl. When i was young i used to call most of my main characters Laila (LAY-LUH). Ought it to be pronounced LAYla or LIEla or LEEla?" Aug. 7, 2009:
"My first/ middle name is Laila Aleida. I love my name .. it couldn't have been more perfect. A lot of people comment on how well it suites me. Although I am planning on changing the spelling of my first name once i've adopted the stage name to, "Layla". Reason is because i've noticed most people assume it's pronounced as Layla. And it is, but some may also pronounce it as Lie-luh, which is what im more used to being called as. It's a beautiful name and I don't seem to share it with a lot of my classmates .. which is actually a good thing :) Shout out to all the Laila's/Leila's/Layla's/etc out there ! muah ." Mar. 17, 2009:
"I am due in Feb. I want to name my baby girl Laila Rae. I think it is beautiful and would like to pronounce it Lay-luh. I got the name from the Eric Clapton song and after I researched it, found out it was spelled Laila not Layla." Jan. 18, 2009:
"we are expecting our first baby and love the name layla, its our top girl name!!!" Jan. 1, 2009:
"laila is my name(lie-la)andguess it freakin rock!!!" Nov. 17, 2008:
"It's pronouce lie-lah and it's hebrew if you pronouce it lay-lah then it's arabic and incorrect" Nov. 10, 2008:
"I have just called my black labrador puppy Laila (pronouncing it Lay-lah) because she is beautiful with a lovely black coat and was also born in the night. It is a very meaningful name and however it is spelt it is right for whoever has this name. I am thrilled to have found it." Aug. 7, 2008:
"I just had my first child and I named her Laila Marie. I love the name it is very beautiful with meaning." Jun. 22, 2008:
"Hi all my wife is expecting and wants to name our daughter layla looking for help on a middle name ? can you help?" Jun. 2, 2008:
"We just named our daughter Laila after my mother. My wife and I just love the name and I must say that I'm a bit shocked to see so many people with the name Laila" May. 28, 2008:
"My name is Leila and its spelt differently. A lot of people mis pronounce it and it's not a name you hear everyday so thats a good thing. Another little thing is that i am Arabic, my dad resides from Iraq and my mom is Canadian. So there is another reason why i was named Leila. I love my name!! :)" May. 26, 2008:
"I just named my new daughter Layla. I hadn't researched the name, as I knew it from a lady I knew many years ago.
I was surprised and pleased by it's meaning as my beautiful daughter was born with a head of thick dark hair, and in the middle of the night!" Mar. 16, 2008:
"I'm due June 1st 2008 and I am considerdering the name laila I personally think it it a lovely name I have dark black hair and tan skin and my husband has light hair and skin so hopefully my daughter will be a dark haired beauty???" Jan. 5, 2008:
"well my daughter is names laila because its a family name and because of its meaning:dark beauty;extacy of love. how sweet. and yes everyone mispronounce it all the time." Jan. 1, 2008:
"MY DAUGHTER NAME IS LAILA AND I LOVE IT..YES PEOPLE SAY IT WRONG ESPECIALLY AT THE DOCTORS OFFICE LOL I HAVE TO WAIT FOR THEM TO CALL THE LAST NAME SOMETIMES. LAILA IS A GIRLY NAME AND SOUNDS SO DIFFRENT EVERYONE LOVES THE NAME" Dec. 27, 2007:
"I love my name. Its unique and easy to spell. Most people call me Lila, and i am starting to answer to that name too. Its cool to have a unique name, that's not spelled how people would think its spelled. I love my name!" Dec. 4, 2007:
"My name's Laila. I love my name and I'm thankful my mother gave me a name I could easily spell. People love my name a lot although they often slaughter it by mispronouncing it. My name's pronounced Lay-luh although according to its spelling its more like Lie-lah. I get reminded of the 'Layla' song by Eric Clapton (and the story behind it) all the time.." Nov. 23, 2007:
"my dad likes old music and we were listening to eric claptons song layla but i decided to spell my dogs name different like laila its such abeautiful name for her everybody just loved her name from tulsa, oklahoma" Oct. 19, 2007:
"First saw this name flipping through channels and landed on a TlC program named " Tuckerville". Country singer Tanya Tucker has a daughter named Layla and really liked it. Never liked the show but loved the named. I now have a 1 month old daughter named Layla! Everyone loves it and thinks of it as original as I come from a small town in Quebec Canada!" Oct. 7, 2007:
"I love the name Laila and am plannning to name my daughter this name(due in December). Im still deciding on a spelling though. Layla? Laila? Leila?" Sep. 15, 2007:
"Laila pronounced "Laylah" is my childs name. I am proud to call her Laila. Everyone has there own opinion but lets not judge on who is "RIGHT or WRONG". The names we give our children are the names God has given us to give to them. Valerie-PHX" Aug. 22, 2007:
"I love this name. We are having our first baby in Dec and I want to name her Laila. This is one name that my husband I have agreed on." Jul. 23, 2007:
"Laila is my 1 year baby girl's name and when people hear her name they tell me how beautiful it is. There is no other person named Laila in our area" Jul. 6, 2007:
"I named my daughter Layla after the Eric Clapton song." May. 22, 2007:
"Our first beautiful granddaughter Laila was born on the 22nd of January 2007 and weighed 8lb 12oz she has lots of dark hair and she is absolutly gorgeous. My friend's granddaughter's name is Leila but pronounced the same.My husband has her name tattooed on his back and i'm having her name tattooed on my wrist. Pronounced Lay la." Feb. 13, 2007:
"My beautiflul daughter came into the world and 2 days later my husband said lets call her Laila. I had never heard of this name before but instantly fell in love with it . I wanted Madison but laila was so much more beautiful." Feb. 1, 2007:
"I'm currently pregnant and planning on naming my daughter Laila because it has such great allusions to it and is short, simple and strong. :] Though I don't like the lie-la pronunciation of it, that's really annoying." Jan. 26, 2007:
"Asked a guy from Syria what the name really means. He turned to his friends and muttered for a while and then said to me: It says 'no but GOD'
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"My daughters name is Laila Renee. I love her name and get nothing but compliments from others. We were originally looking for a name to incorporate my husband's family name of Lee. I asked him about Leila, which he didn't like. He thought Layla, from Eric Clapton's song, and I changed up the spelling." Dec. 14, 2006:
"Hi my name is Leyla and usyally people like it. When I want a person to remember my name I tell them to think of Eric Clapton's song "Layla". I am not sure if it is because of the meaning of my name but I am night person." Dec. 9, 2006:
"Layla is my daughter's name. I love this name. It is so feminine and pretty. I know it's meaning is "dark" or "night", but I don't associate anything negative about it at all!" Nov. 14, 2006:
"laila was the name i gave my dog who is know longer is with us...but shes locked deep with in my being...laila is name i will always love...rip laila love eddy...." Nov. 9, 2006:
"My name is Laila. It's arabic, it means 'night' but also 'midnight princess'. I get a lot of compliments for it." Sep. 16, 2006:
"I just named my daughter Leila, I love the name and the meaning!" Sep. 11, 2006:
"Layla is a classic rock song by Derek and the Dominos with Eric Clapton as the lead singer. This is a great song and I am thinking of naming my daughter Layla or Laila not BECAUSE of the song, but because it has a beautiful flow to it and is not very common." Sep. 6, 2006:
"Yes my name is laila. Many people pernounce it : LEE-LAA
which i hate, but i'm still proud of my name =)" Jun. 25, 2006:
"Yeah my name is Laila.
My mom isn't one of those ARABE WANNABES that name there children laila, kuz my mom IS arabe. but anywassss. yeah people persnounce it wrong, only the white ones HAHA.
oh i crack myself up...
soo it means night.. and i don't like people having the same name as me.. so who evers reading this, DO NOT NAME YOUR DAUGHTERS LAILA BECAUSE IT'S A ONVER USED NAME THATS SHOULDN'T BE USED!!! IF YOU DO NAME THEM " LAILA" THEN THERE IS A 2 OUT OF 3 CHANCE THAT SHE WILL BE UGLYYYYYYYYYY" Jun. 25, 2006:
"Ive scandinavian ancestry and american indian heritage,spelled Lyla, I was always told as a child it stems from the arabic form of a myth or story involving a dark maiden in the night,fairy tale kind of thing..nice for a child to dream on I guess, beautiful thought nonetheless. Ive more oft than not had to correct people in pronunciation and s;elling. was raised pronouncing it ..lie-la..ie, LYLA" Jun. 23, 2006:
"Love this name. If I ever have a daughter, will call her Laila" May. 22, 2006:
"named my daughter "Lailah" I used an 'H' on the end because I understand the proper pronouciation is with an 'h' sound at the end. However, I rarely see it spelled that way so I pressume her name will be misspelled by others quite often. I understand the meaning to be any of: Born at night, nighttime, dark beauty, night with beautiful moonlight." May. 21, 2006:
"I have the name Laila and i was told it means dark as night and beauty of a rose. I love my name and wouldn't change it for anything." May. 11, 2006:
"Lailah is my baby name Ilove it,she is arab-latin." Apr. 27, 2006:
"We have just named our beatiful baby girl Laila, as my wife and I think it is a beatiful name. Everyone who we have spoken to seems to agree." Apr. 18, 2006:
"I have found the name in Hindi to mean sweetheart or in the religious aspect, divine reality. As our child honors her east Indian ancestry, she wears this name with pride and emanates from her very being. It is a beautiful name all in all and has divine meaning to anyone who shares it." Feb. 26, 2006:
"This is the name I plan to name my unborn child. It will be pronounced Lay-la. I hope she likes it as much as I do." Feb. 11, 2006:
"my name is Laila and laila is the name in the arabic version of romeo and juliet" Feb. 1, 2006:
"My name is Laila,And i'm from Norway- I pronounce Laila ; 'Lail-ah. The H on the end is very important for me." Jan. 29, 2006:
"My name is Laila and most of the time call me La la." Jan. 17, 2006:
"My namess laila, and i'vee been told that i am GORGEOUS!" Dec. 14, 2005:
"Hebrew. Laila, pronounced in hebrew LIE-La. Means Night" Dec. 4, 2005:
"My name is Leila; pronounced LEE-LAH. No one ever pronounces or spells it correctly on the first try and I often have to repeat myself when introducing myself. However, after I repeat i, almost always, the person pauses, says it out loud, thinks about it, then tells me it is a pretty name. I love it and enjoy having an unusual name. I have never met anyone else who spells or pronounces it the same way." Dec. 2, 2005:
"This is our dog's name but we spelled it Lila, pronounced Lyla. I love this name and would have used it for my daughter but she is fair not a dark beauty, so our gorgeous black puppy got it instead." Nov. 25, 2005:
"Lyla is my name and I am often told it is a beautiful name. A muslim women told me it's orgin from Aribic. It's a name of a female Sahaabi; character from the tales of Leila Majoor. I've never meet anyone with the same spelling as mine. It's most commonly seen spelled as Lila. Other spelling would be; Lillah,Leilia, Lela, Laila, and Layla." Oct. 6, 2005:
"Named my daughter Lailah - means night in arabic, also means dark haired beauty, there are serveal meanings, all good" Sep. 7, 2005:
"I am Persian, the correct way to pronounce Laila/Layla is with an h sound on the end Lay-lah. That gives it a much more softer sound, but it isn't said that way in North America." Aug. 18, 2005:
"Pronounced: Layla. It means "night" or "mysterious" or "beauty."" Aug. 6, 2005:
"The name Laila has Arabic origins and it means twilight." Jul. 19, 2005:
"Pronounced Lila. My name stems from scandinavia and not often do I meet people witht the same name" Jul. 7, 2005:
41 Neutral Comments
"My names laila and I was reading through the comments to see if my name has luck or anything. I was upset by some of these comments, especially about ?Laila? being an over-used name and that it turns out ugly people two-thirds of the time. My case, of being ugly, is true. But everyone else is beautiful so whoever wrote this- go back under that slimy rock you crawled out from!" Jan. 13, 2021:
"My name is Laila, although most people, once it was a teacher, spelt it ?Leila?. I can sometimes get annoyed with it. I really love this name, and I?m glad that my mom wouldn?t let my dad name me ?Sara?. Almost everyone at school, once they?ve heard my name, say it?s a beautiful name, and I quite agree. I haven?t met anyone who has the same name as me, but I?m sure it?s not ?rare?." May. 2, 2020:
"Laila is cool but my cousin spells it Leila and is called Li-ls but it's actually Lay-LAH" May. 2, 2015:
"My name is Laila and it is pronounced (Lay-la) but people always pronounce it (lie - la) it's so annoying :(!" Aug. 29, 2012:
"My couson is called laila.my mom spells it like this (layla" Aug. 16, 2012:
"my daughters name is Laila Rain. So happy to see another person in the universe thought that Laila Rain was a beautiful name too" Apr. 13, 2012:
"Hi I named my second daughter Lailah No'elRose. Still getting tounge tided with the both of my girls Nayla and Lailah ;) they are my joy in my life." Jul. 6, 2011:
"My name's Laila, and I always get complemented on it. I find the meaning of it to be so romantic also, though I've heard variations (bright night, nightfall, night beauty), they all sound wonderful! I love my name :P" Dec. 10, 2010:
"Hi named by beautiful daughter born February 27, 2010. Laila Rain" Sep. 18, 2010: