Gender: Female Meaning of Laila: "night; holy" Origin of Laila: Spelling variation of Layla (Arabic); Sami variation of Helga (Finland) Laila's Popularity in 2018: #182

Laila Origin and Meaning

The name Laila is a girl's name of Arabic origin meaning "night; holy".

Exotic and lovely, Laila is one of the lilting variations of Leila and Layla. It's the name of the former-boxer daughter of Muhammad Ali and of actor Shawn Wayans. In Finland, the Sami people use this in place of the Scandinavian name Helga.

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Rank in US: #182

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Isabella_188 Says:


I personally prefer Leila. I don't hate this spelling, though.

Leonina Says:


It's also a version of the name Láilá, which is the Sami form of Helga.

Too-ticky Says:


Sounds so pretty when pronounced L-eye-la. I imagine Laila as a smart and ambitious girl, can't see it on country girls for some reason.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


I always thought this was pronounced the same as Layla. I think Laila looks prettier however.

lailanotlilah Says:


This is my name, it's from Arabic (my family is Lebanese) and it's pronounced with the EYE sound rather than the AY sound. Otherwise it would be spelled Leila.

SimoneKadele Says:


I think it could be either. It could be a variant of Layla. However, I knew a girl with the name Laïla, pronounced like Lila. It was French.

Kibby Says:


I know a Laila that pronounces it like Lila and it drives me crazy! This name is all Layla to me!

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


I think it could be pronounced either way but I've mostly heard it pronounced Layla.

Brynie Says:


I know someone called Laila, she pronounces it L-eye-la.
I guess there must be different ways to say it :)

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:



Guest Says:


I have heard this pronounced both like Lila and Layla. Which is it??