Gender: Female Pronunciation: ah-LYE-ah Meaning of Alaia: "joyful, happy" Origin of Alaia: Basque Alaia's Popularity in 2018: #581

Alaia Origin and Meaning

The name Alaia is a girl's name meaning "joyful, happy".

Alaia, a fast riser in the US, sounds just like several other popular stylish names, many of them with different origins and meanings. There's Arabic Aaliyah, like the late singer, and the Hebrew Aliya and the Sanskrit Alaya. Azzedine Alaia is a high-fashion Parisian designer of Tunisian origin.

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Rank in US: #581

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QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I hear "a liar". I personally prefer to say it as A-Lay-Ah for that reason.

fearlessfirefly Says:


I think this name is stunning, I don't hear "a liar" when I say it.

indiefendi2 Says:


I really hope this doesn't get to the popularity level that Chanel and Armani have (in my county, women with those names are a dime a dozen!). Please stay low in the 1000 please!

iipostmvh Says:


Regarding the pronunciation, I don't emphasize the "Lai" part. So for me it flows just as soft and nicely as Lila/Lilah, Lilac, or Delilah.

perdireinz Says:


"It's an Alaia!"

alaia Says:


my name is alaia an im the only one in my school with that name

danirose01 Says:


I love this but strongly prefer Elaia for several reasons. It's Ellie vs Allie and there are just too many Allies around. Plus with an E you don't have to worry about the "a liar" thing as much.

clairels Says:


That's only if the next word starts with a vowel, right? Anyway, yeah, unfortunate, but it would be a shame to have to avoid all names that end with "a."

indiefendi2 Says:


with the British intrusive r phenomenon. the poor little girl would be called "a liar". Dear Lord that would be disastrous. They already say Anna as "anner" and Mia as "meer".

Alexa Says:


It is correct. It is a Basque name, not an Arabic name. My family is from the Middle East and I lived in the Basque Country so I do know the difference :) Aliyah vs Alaia are pronounced differently.

Tilelli Says:



juju_bee Says:


I just love this name, but I too cannot get passed the "liar" sound to this... Such a shame because I adore it.

scribe Says:


Oh my goodness. It has such a wonderful meaning, but how it's pronounced kills it for me too. :(

Guest Says:


Maybe I can bring myself to get over the "liar" sound and go back to loooooving this name.

Guest Says:


This name is sooooo pretty but I hear "a liar" sighhh