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Gender: F Meaning of Leila: "darkness, night" Origin of Leila: Persian Leila's Popularity in 2013: #215

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Leila is the root name for a lush garden of similarly exotic examples, including Laila and Layla. It was popularized by the poet Byron, who used it in his poem Don Juan for a ten-year-old Turkish girl, and also appears as a fairy in the Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera Iolanthe.

The haunting Leila been chosen by such celebs as Al Roker and Greta Scacchi and Vincent D'Onofrio. While Leila has managed to appear on the Top 1000 list in the U.S. since its inception in 1880, phonetic form Layla is now much higher on the list. And parents attracted to girls' names with the double l sound will find that most examples -- from Leila to Lila to Lily and Lillian -- are zooming up the charts and, while classics, are bordering on trendiness.

Yet another alternative is Lelia, a Latin name used in Roman times.

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Famous People Named Leila

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Leila Forouhar, Iranian singer and actress
Leila Hatami, Iranian actress
Leila Hayes, Australian actress
Leila Hyams, American film actress
Leila Josefowicz, American violinist
Leila K, Swedish rapper
Leila Khaled, Palestinian Militant
Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011 winner
Leila McKinnon, Kiwi-Australian journalist
Leila Mourad, Egyptian singer and movie star
Leila Pahlavi, Iranian princess
Leila Sobral, Brazilian basketball player
Leila Tong, Hong Kong actress and singer
Leila Vaziri, American swimmer, world record holder
Leila Boyer (b. 2009), daughter of Edwidge Danticat
Leila Emmanuelle Mathison (b. 2006), daughter of Cameron Mathison
Leila Rey Valencia (b. 2009), daughter of Judy Reyes

Pop Culture References for the Name Leila

Leila, character in Sharon Creech's "Bloomability"
Leila, a fairy in Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera Iolanthe (1882)
Leila Hunter, character from "When In Rome"
Leila Okulgen, character in novel "Does My Head Look Big in This?"

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