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Gender: Female Meaning of Laila: "night; holy" Origin of Laila: Spelling variation of Layla (Arabic); Sami variation of Helga (Finland) Laila's Popularity in 2017: #172

The name Laila is a girl's name of Arabic origin meaning "night; holy". Laila is ranked #172 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Cool Girl Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "drop your least favourite w randomly generated names - girls with middles".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Laila

Laila Amaria Ali, American boxer; daughter of boxer Muhammad Ali
Laila Morse (born Maureen "Mo" Oldman), English actress
Laila Mehdin, Indian actress
Laila Abdesselam Rouass, British actress
Laura Annikki "Laila" Kinnunen, Finnish pop singer
Laila Natali Bagge Wahlgren, Swedish manager and songwriter
Laila Ellen Kaarina Hirvisaari, Finnish novelist
Laila Lalami, Moroccan-American novelist
Laila Stien, Norwegian novelist
Laila Ali Abdulla, 4th First Lady of the Maldives as wife of president Mohamed Nasheed; mother of Meera Laila and Zaaya Laila Nasheed
Laila Wayans, daughter of actor Shawn Wayans
Laila Rose Lynche (b. 2012), daughter of singer Michael Lynche
Laila Aubrielle (b. 2013), daughter of Jazmin Young of TV's "16 and Pregnant"
Laila Bullock (adopted 2015), daughter of actress Sandra Bullock

Pop Culture References for the name Laila

Laila Markus, daughter of Grace and Leo on TV's "Will and Grace"
Laila, spelling more often used in Finland, where it is pronounced like Lila/Lyla
Laila, character in "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini

Leyla, Laily, Laela, Lailah, Lallie, Laleh, Layla, Laylah


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??