Variation of Leila, Arabic

Layla Origin and Meaning

The name Layla is a girl's name of Arabic origin meaning "night".

Layla is derived from the Semitic element layl, meaning "night." It has roots in the Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian languages. In the Arabic story Qays and Layla, Layla is the subject of the poet’s unrequited love. Among the many alternate spellings are Leila, Laila, Laela, Laelah, Laylah, Leyla, Lejla, and Leighla.

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 all the names for girls that have a double L: Lila, Leila, Lily, Lillian, Lilith and so on.

Layla has rocketed precipitously up the charts and is also popular 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.

# 29 in the US

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# 328 on Nameberry

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Famous People Named Layla

  • Layla ElEnglish pro wrestler
  • (Zara) Layla KayleighEnglish,American TV presenter
  • Layla bint alMinhal, disciple of Muhammad and wife of Arab chieftain Malik ibn Nuwayra
  • Layla Grace Marshgirl who inspired the Layla's Legacy cancer foundation
  • Layla Foremandaughter of musician Tim Foreman of Switchfoot
  • Layla Z. Summers (b. 1978)daughter of musician Andy Summers of The Police
  • Layla Lee (b. 1993)daughter of actress Tottie Goldsmith and skier Steven Lee
  • Layla LaCosta (b. 1999)daughter of singer Tanya Tucker
  • Layla Marie Taylor (b. 2010)daughter of singer Willie Taylor of Day26
  • Layla Rose Csortan (b. 2016)daughter of TV personality and former Miss Australia Laura Csortan
  • Layla Morrison (b. 2017)daughter of youtubers CinnamonToastKen and SuprMaryFace
  • Layla Jane Butler (b. 2017) daughter of youtubers Casey and Kayli Butler
  • Layla Rae Stewart (b. 2020) daughter of Bringing Up Bates star Carlin Bates Stewart and Evan Stewart

Layla in Pop Culture

  • "Layla" song by Derek and the Dominoes
  • "Layla and Majnun" Persian narrative poem by Nizami Ganjavi
  • Layla Williamsoncharacter on American soap "One Life to Live"
  • Layla Rose Miller aka Butterflycharacter in Marvel X,Factor comics
  • Layla aka Aishacharacter on animated series "Winx Club"
  • Layla Baileygatescharacter in movie "Me, Myself, & Irene"
  • Laylacharacter on TV's "Justified"
  • Laylacharacter in movie "Sky High"
  • Layla Heartfiliacharacter in the manga and amine 'Fairy Tail'
  • Laylabrand of Italian nail polish
  • Laylacharacter in the TV series 'The Story of Tracy Beaker'
  • Layla Hassancharacter in the video game "Assassin's Creed: Origins"
  • Layla Grantcharacter on TV's "Nashville"
  • Layla Keatingcharacter on TV's "All American"

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