LY-la or LEE-la
Arabic, Sanskrit
"night; play"

Lila Origin and Meaning

The name Lila is a girl's name of Arabic, Hindi, Persian origin meaning "night; play".

Lila is one of the girl names with a double l sound — Lila, Lola, Layla, Leila, Lily et al — that have caught on in a major way., Delicate yet dynamic, Lila has a slightly international flair.

The one caveat, and you may consider it a big: As a group, the La-La names have gotten so stylish so quickly that they're verging on full-blown trendiness and tend to blend into one another. So while there may not be another little girl named Lila in town, between those named Lillian, Lily, Layla, and so on, you may feel there's a double L overload.

Lila was derived from the Arabic word laylah, meaning "night." It has separate roots in Sanskrit with the meaning "play." In Hinduism, Lila is a conceptualism of the universe as a playground of the gods. Lilah and Lyla are variant spellings.

Lila has been a recent hot TV character name, seen on such shows asDamages and Dexter, as well as Friday Night Lights, where the name is spelled Lyla—another trendy version.

Trivia tidbit: Diane Sawyer was born Lila Diane.

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Famous People Named Lila

  • (Ana) Lila Downs (Sánchez)Mexican,American singer,songwriter
  • Lila KarpAmerican feminist novelist
  • Elizaveta Nikolayevna "Lila" KedrovaRussian,French actress
  • Lila Lee (born Augusta Appel)American actress
  • Lila Elaine McCannAmerican country music singer
  • (Lila) Diane SawyerAmerican news reporter
  • Lila Prappen name of Lilijana Praprotnik Zupančič, Slovene children's author and illustrator
  • Lila AmenAmerican reality TV personality ("All American Muslim")
  • Lila Parks (b. 2001)daughter of musicians Louise Post of Veruca Salt and Tony Parks
  • Lila Grace MossHack (b. 2002), daughter of model Kate Moss
  • Lila Geary (b. 2006)daughter of actors Laura Fraser and Karl Geary
  • Lila Tracey Cassidy (b. 2008)daughter of actor Shaun Cassidy
  • Lila Addison Jones (b. 2009)quintuplet daughter of Casey and Ethan Jones of TV's "Quints By Surprise"
  • Lila Hagman (b. 2009)daughter of ice hockey player Niklas Hagman and model Piritta Hannula
  • Lila Bennington (b. 2011)daughter of singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and model Talinda Bennington; twin of sister Lily
  • Lila Lovejoy (b. 2013)daughter of ice hockey player Ben Lovejoy
  • LilaElodie Scott, daughter of singers Mike Scott of The Waterboys and Camille O'Sullivan
  • Lila Skye Kalisdaughter of American skateboarder Josh Kalis

Lila in Pop Culture

  • Delilah 'Lila' Bardcharacter from V.E. Schwab's "A Darker Shade of Magic"
  • Lilacharacter on TV's 'Deadwood'
  • Lila Westcharacter on TV's 'Dexter'
  • Lila Dahl (Ames)character in Marilynne Robinson's Gilead trilogy
  • Lila Zacharovcharacter in The Curse Workers trilogy by Holly Black
  • Lila Morgancharacter on TV's "Angel"
  • Lila Watecharacter in the Beautiful Creatures series
  • Lila MarkusGrace's daughter on TV's "Will and Grace"
  • Lila "Fantasia" Walkercharacter in movie "One False Move"
  • Lila Robinsoncharacter on TV's "Pushing Daisies"
  • Lila Pilgrimcharacter on TV's "Endeavour"
  • Lila Sawyercharacter in animated series "Hey Arnold"
  • Lila Maria Sucredaughter of Sucre on TV's "Prison Break"
  • Lila Mayfieldmain character in comic strip "The Meaning of Lila" by John Forgetta
  • Lila Stanguardcharacter from How to Get Away with Murder
  • Rafaella "Lila" Cerullocharacter in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels
  • Lila Rossicharacter in the TV show 'Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Chat Noir'
  • Lila Fowlercharacter in Sweet Valley High book series by Francine Pascalki
  • Lila Norcrossmain character in the novel "Sleeping Beauties" by Stephen and Owen King
  • Lila Dixoncharacter in the 1942 film "Holiday Inn"
  • Lilaunicorn character in 2003 animated movie, "Barbie of Swan Lake"
  • "Lila & Eve" 2015 film starring Jennifer Lopez
  • Lilaminor character in the Peanuts

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