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Gender: Female Pronunciation: LAY-la Meaning of Layla: "night" Origin of Layla: Variation of Leila, Arabic Layla's Popularity in 2017: #26

The name Layla is a girl's name of Arabic origin meaning "night". Layla is ranked #26 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like British Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "CAF Elimination Style".

From the experts:

A lovely musical name (remember the old Eric Clapton-Derek & the Dominos song?), Layla's seen a significant surge in popularity, partly through its kinship with hugely successful Kayla and partly because of the stylishness of virtually all the names for girls that have a double L: Lila, Leila, Lily, Lillian, Lilith and so on.

Layla has rocketed precipitously up the charts and is also popular in the UK and Australia. So while the name is beautiful, she'll have plenty of company from other girls with similar names.

The spelling Laila is represented by boxer Laila Ali. However, we prefer the classic spelling Leila.

Find other names based on Layla using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Layla

Layla El, English pro wrestler
(Zara) Layla Kayleigh, English-American TV presenter
Layla bint al-Minhal, disciple of Muhammad and wife of Arab chieftain Malik ibn Nuwayra
Layla Grace Marsh, girl who inspired the Layla's Legacy cancer foundation
Layla Foreman, daughter of musician Tim Foreman of Switchfoot
Layla Z. Summers (b. 1978), daughter of musician Andy Summers of The Police
Layla Lee (b. 1993), daughter of actress Tottie Goldsmith and skier Steven Lee
Layla LaCosta (b. 1999), daughter of singer Tanya Tucker
Layla Marie Taylor (b. 2010), daughter of singer Willie Taylor of Day26
Layla Monroe Robinson (b. 2015), daughter of Devon Broyles and Eric Robinson of "16 and Pregnant"
Layla Rose Csortan (b. 2016), daughter of TV personality and former Miss Australia Laura Csortan
Layla Morrison (b. 2017), daughter of youtubers CinnamonToastKen and SuprMaryFace

Pop Culture References for the name Layla

"Layla," song by Derek and the Dominoes
"Layla and Majnun," Persian narrative poem by Nizami Ganjavi
Layla Williamson, character on American soap "One Life to Live"
Layla Rose Miller aka Butterfly, character in Marvel X-Factor comics
Layla aka Aisha, character on animated series "Winx Club"
Layla Baileygates, character in movie "Me, Myself, & Irene"
Layla, character on TV's "Justified"
Layla, character in movie "Sky High"
Layla Heartfilia, character in the manga and amine 'Fairy Tail'
Layla, brand of Italian nail polish
Layla, character in the TV series 'The Story of Tracy Beaker'
Layla Hassan, character in the video game "Assassin's Creed: Origins"
Layla Grant, character on TV's "Nashville"



laineysophia Says:


The name makes me want to sing, I love it. Derek And The Dominos really got this one up on my list tbh

Audrey_Rose Says:


i don't understand how this name got so popular

paulapuddephatt Says:


Lovely name

Catgirlmri Says:


I really like names like Lily, Lila, Lilith, even Lilia. But Layla? I just... no. Just no. Maybe it's the A, but no.

jahanbismi Says:


My cousin is named Layla and she's very nice and pretty but I prefer Lila pronounced ly-la.

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Jinxgirl Says:


Lovely name though I prefer the Leila spelling. But a teenaged Layla will probably constantly hear about how she "got them on their knees"

MaryKathryn Says:


I know a very trashy girl named Layla, therefore this name has lost all appeal for me.