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Gender: Female Meaning of Kayla: "laurel, crown" Origin of Kayla: Arabic and Hebrew Kayla's Popularity in 2017: #138

The name Kayla is a girl's name of Arabic, Hebrew origin meaning "laurel, crown". Kayla is ranked #138 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Hebrew Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop Your Favorite: GIRLS!".

From the experts:

Kayla sprang from a soap opera, Days of Our Lives, in the 1980s to become a superstar, reaching Number 12. After giving birth to the related Mikayla and Kaylee, Kayla's now fallen in the charts. She's made more recent media appearances on Desperate Housewives and NCIS.

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Famous People Named Kayla

Kayla Noelle Ewell, American actress
Kayla Radomski, American dancer and finalist on "So You Think You Can Dance"
Kayla Pedersen, American basketball player
Kayla McBride, American basketball player
Kayla Harrison, American judoka
Kayla McCormick, sister of American actress Sierra McCormick
Kayla Collins, American model
Kayla Barclay Hall, American beauty queen; Miss Utah 2008
Kayla Martell, American beauty queen; Miss Delaware 2010
Kayla Blake (born Elsie Mapuana Sniffen), American actress
Kayla Denise Parker, American R&B singer
Kayla Reeves, American pop singer of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Kayla McAlister, New Zealand rugby player
Kayla McCall Tausche, American TV journalist
Kayla J. Yoo, South Korean pop singer
Kayla Schmucker, Abe and Rebecca Schmucker's daughter from TLC's Breaking Amish
Kayla Deitz, daughter of TV personality Terry Deitz ("Survivor")
Kayla Jacquelyn Haas (b. 2006), daughter of pro wrestlers Charlie Haas and Jackie Gayda
Kayla Brianna Smith, daughter of basketball player Kenny Smith
Kayla Leslie Caballero, daughter of skateboarder Steve Caballero
Kayla Earnhardt, daughter of NASCAR driver Kerry Earnhardt

Pop Culture References for the name Kayla

Kayla Brady, character on TV soap "Days of Our Lives"
Kayla Robinson, character in the "House of Night" series
Kayla Huntington, character on TV's "Desperate Housewives"
Kayla Vance, character on TV's "NCIS"
Kayla, character in movie "Carpool"
Kayla, daughter of Apollo, in Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan
Kayla, stepsister to Cinderella in Whatever After series (sister to Beatrice and daughter to Betty)
Kayla, lead character from the film "Eighth Grade"

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GenEric Says:


Pure is probably due to people thinking of it as a diminutive of Katherine. I've heard Kay used for Katherine but never Kayla.

Daiseymae Says:


Kayla is so much better than Brittany. Who wants to be an old lady called Brittany. Cutesy-poo name.

ladimon Says:


I actually really like this name, even if it doesn't fit with my usual style.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


I'm not usually a fan of Kay names, I don't like Kaylee or any of its spellings, I don't like kasey or Casey or mikayla, I don't mind Kate or Katie but they aren't my favourite, and most of all I really don't like Katherine. However I have always adored Kayla. It's not harsh like Kaylee and on the contrary sounds rather delicate and sweet sounding. Kayla has always been my favourite Kay name.

LadyAlegrar Says:


I know I'm gonna get hate for this: but I absolutely loathe this name.
It is my birth name. Almost no one, not even my own family can say it or spell it
right. I shared this name with 3 girls in one class at one time in my
life, along with 2 Makaylas. I was never the only Kayla in my class, and couldn't even go by my last name because there was another girl with the same first and last name as me.

This name is trendy with no real derived meaning. My guess is it
was either two trendy syllables put together, or a shortening of Michaela. It's just another "Kay" in the fad of the 90's. Kate, Katie, Kaitlynn, Kaylynn, Kaylee, Layla, Ayla, Ta'Kayla, Jakayla, Mikayla, Caleb... On top of the fact this name has many common variations and spellings that will have half the class turning at once, it is difficult to make a nickname for because it is so short. "Kay" is the only decent nickname and every other Kayla uses it, so the nickname becomes worthless. Other nicknames are "Kay Kay" and "La-La" which are terrible and childish. You'd have to go by another variation like Ayla or Layla, but there's also many other girls with this name. I've even met a guy named Cayla, good grief!

Kayla? Kala? Kaila? Kaela? Kailah? Cayla? Caeiyulah??? Changing the spelling does not change how it sounds nor make it unique. Please, stop it. When a name is above the #350 spot on the social security list and has equally popular tacky variations and spellings, it's time to give the name a rest.

Kayla is short and boring. It's beyond me how it passed a timeless classic like Catherine at one time, when it's so girly an un-womanly. I really don't want to be 40 years old with this name, I've been told it doesn't fit my age now. I haven't even hit 20.. I'll be like a Jennifer of the 1970's: A name that instantly distinguishes what generation I'm from because of the immediate overuse, then disappearance of the name. 20 years from now, everyone will know how old I am because of my name. Thanks, mom. You complained about being another "trendy name here", now you've made me another Kayla. Fan-friggin-tastic!

RoddyThlayli Says:


Kayla can be a variant spelling of Kaila, which is the Yiddish form of Kelila, which means crown of laurel. It is also, like you say, derived from Katherine. It's the same sound but from different origins and with different meanings.

alexandramae Says:


Not entirely.

Knicole Says:


Kayla means pure. Yes some sites have multiple meanings but it comes from Katherine which means pure.

Hazelle Says:


I have a friend who's name is spelled K'lah, apostrophe and all.

Jinxgirl Says:


Kayla is pretty, if overused in sound

htw Says:


Exactly! Although this name is too dated and trendy for my taste (almost soley because of the jump in usage during the 90s etc) i think that it is an altogether lovely name. Then i see these hideous variations of it and it is just too much!

Kayla563 Says:


My name is Kayla, but I've always heard/seen that it means "Pure" or "Who is like God"
Never anything about a crown...

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


There was a girl at my school with this name, but it wa spelled Kaehla. I can't even imagine why her parents did that. SMH.

Guest Says:


Why are there SO many different name meaning for Kayla? Among the ones I've found, 'Keeper of the keys', 'Beloved', 'Pure', and now these!