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Gender: Female Meaning of Ila: "from the island" Origin of Ila: French

The name Ila is a girl's name of French origin meaning "from the island". Ila and is often added to lists like Cool Baby Names That Start With I and discussed in our forums with posts like "Large Astrology Inspired CAF With 12 Children".

From the experts:

A simple name occasionally heard a couple of generations back.

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Famous People Named Ila

Ila Fox Loetscher aka the Turtle Lady, American aviatrix and sea turtle advocate

Pop Culture References for the name Ila

Ila of Caprica, unseen wife of Commander Adama on TV's "Battlestar Galactica"
Ila, character in movie "Noah"

Eila, Ilanis, Isla, Ilanys


emaadee Says:


So my family derives the name "Ila" spelled like this from the Hungarian name "Ila," which means "light" or "bringer of light." I named my daughter Ila - with the Hungarian derivation in mind. I read that it was an old Hungarian form of "Helen," which also means "light." I don't feel an affinity for the meaning "island" or "of the island." It's fine, but I'll take "light." We pronounce it "Ay-luh" just like the French "Isla." I guess that the Hungarian derivation can be pronounced differently...maybe that's why Nameberry decided only to post the French derivation? I think both should be listed...especially since the spelling I L A is the same as the Hungarian name...

ElsaAnne Says:


Simple and pretty!

karaleannne Says:


Love this name. I pronounce Ila as ee-la and would consider using this instead of Isla as it's popularity rises :)

Odiaho Says:


In Amramic/Assyrian, the language of the Mesopotamian civilization as well as the langauge spoken by Jesus Christ the name Ila, Eila means "she is". I my self am a proud Assyrian.

Dalapsta Says:


Ila was my grandmother's name and I hope one day I will have a daughter to name after her. Interestingly, according to Baby Name Wizard, Ila was ranked 251 in first decade of the 1900s.

I imagine that some folks will have trouble with the pronunciation and some will think we were going for a creative spelling since it is pronounced the same as the currently more popular "Isla". But I don't think that will be too bad. I'm sure the Isla spelling gets mispronounced all the time too

DaisyMaisie Says:


Ila is the name of the place i live

clairelaliberte Says:


Had a good friend in elementary school named Ila, but people always spelled it Isla.