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Gender: F Pronunciation: LAY-la Meaning of Layla: "night" Origin of Layla: Variation of Leila, Arabic Layla's Popularity in 2015: #30

A lovely musical name (remember the old Eric Clapton-Derek & the Dominos song?), Layla's seen a significant surge in popularity, partly through its kinship with hugely successful Kayla and partly because of the stylishness of virtually every name for girls that has a double l: Lila, Leila, Lily, Lillian, Lilith and so on.

Layla has rocketed precipitously up the charts to the Top 30 today--it's also in the Top 30 in the UK and Australia. So while the name is beautiful, she'll have plenty of company from other girls with similar names.

The spelling Laila is represented by boxer Laila Ali. However, we prefer the classic spelling Leila.

Famous People Named Layla

Layla El, American pro wrestler
(Zara) Layla Kayleigh, English-American TV presenter
Layla bint al-Minhal, disciple of Muhammad and wife of Arab chieftain Malik ibn Nuwayra
Layla Grace Marsh, girl who inspired the Layla's Legacy cancer foundation

Pop Culture References for the name Layla

"Layla," song by Derek and the Dominoes
"Layla and Majnun," Persian narrative poem by Nizami Ganjavi
Layla Williamson, character on American soap "One Life to Live"
Layla Rose Miller aka Butterfly, character in Marvel X-Factor comics
Layla aka Aisha, character on animated series "Winx Club"
Layla Baileygates, character in movie "Me, Myself, & Irene"
Layla, character on TV's "Justified"
Layla, character in movie "Sky High"
Layla Heartfilia, character in the manga and amine 'Fairy Tail'
Layla, brand of Italian nail polish
Layla, character in the TV series 'The Story of Tracy Beaker'