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 "If I had 8 daughters whose names started with...".
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 every name for girls that has 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.