Leila Origin and Meaning

The name Leila is a girl's name of Arabic, Persian origin meaning "night".

Leila was popularized in the West by the poet Byron, who used it in his poem Don Juan for a ten-year-old Turkish girl. Leila 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 in America. And parents attracted to girls’ names with the double l sound will find that most examples -- from Leila to Lila to Lily and Lillian and Lilith-- are zooming up the charts and, while classics, are bordering on trendiness.

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

# 246 in the US

Leila Rank in US Top 1000

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Leila Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

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Famous People Named Leila

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  • Leila HayesAustralian actress
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  • Leila PahlaviIranian princess
  • Leila SobralBrazilian basketball player
  • Leila TongHong Kong actress and singer
  • Leila VaziriAmerican swimmer, world record holder
  • Leila Boyer (b. 2009)daughter of novelist Edwidge Danticat
  • Leila Emmanuelle Mathison (b. 2006)daughter of Cameron Mathison
  • Leila Rey Valencia (b. 2009)daughter of Judy Reyes

Leila in Pop Culture

  • Leilacharacter in Sharon Creech's "Bloomability"
  • Leilaa fairy in Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera Iolanthe (1882)
  • Leila Huntercharacter from "When in Rome"
  • Leila Okulgencharacter in novel "Does My Head Look Big in This?"
  • Leila Smithan infant "number" in TV Drama "Person of Interest"
  • Leila Williamscharacter in the fifthy shades of darker
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  • Leila Mae Pottermain character of the story 'Lost Along the Way' by JanuaryLily

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