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Gender: Female Meaning of Leela: "play" Origin of Leela: Sanskrit

The name Leela is a girl's name of Sanskrit origin meaning "play". Leela and is often added to lists like TV Character Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven/Hell/Purgatory Themed Girls".

From the experts:

While Leela may be a spelling variation of Lila or Leila, it's also an Indian name in its own right with a playful meaning. And unlike it's more popular Western sisters, Leela does not create pronunciation confusion.

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Famous People Named Leela

Leela Naidu, Indian actress and renowned beauty
Leela James, American R&B singer-songwriter
Leela Gandhi, Indian academic; great-granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi
Leela Mishra, Indian actress
Blu Leela Minsker (b. 2011), daughter of filmmaker Ethan Minsker

Pop Culture References for the name Leela

Turanga Leela, character on "Futurama" who is known simply as Leela
Leela, companion on TV's "Doctor Who"
Leela Kantaria, character on TV's "Nikita"


Starelli Says:


It reminds me of Leela from Futurama.

"I asked her for her name and in a dark brown voice she said Leela! L-E-E-L-A, Leela! Lee-Lee-Lee-Lee-Leela!"

lynn_wentworth Says:


I think this is a great alternative the to (the ever growing in popularity) Lila.

TammyJade Says:


Simple and easy

AnonymousPerson Says:


This is beautiful and deep.