Gender: Female Meaning of Lila: "night; play" Origin of Lila: Arabic, Sanskrit Lila's Popularity in 2019: #227

Lila Origin and Meaning

The name Lila is a girl's name of Arabic, Hindi, Persian origin meaning "night; play".

Lila was derived from the Arabic word laylah, meaning “night.” It has separate roots in Sanskrit with the meaning “play.” In Hinduism, Lila is a conceptualism of the universe as a playground of the gods. Lilah and Lyla are variant spellings.

Lila is one of the girls' names with a double l sound—Lila, Lola, and Lily—that have recently caught on, and we must admit we love—make that love love love—them all. Sultry and forceful, Lila has a slight Near Eastern tinge. In Hinduism, Lila is a conceptualism of the universe as a playground of the gods

The only caveat: As a group, the double l names have gotten so stylish so quickly that they're verging on full-blown trendiness and tend to blend into one another. So while there may not be another little girl named Lila in town, between those named Lillian, Lily, Layla and so on, you may feel there's a double l overload.

Lila has been a recent hot TV character name, seen on such shows as Damages and Dexter, as well as Friday Night Lights, where the name is spelled Lyla—another trendy version.

Trivia tidbit: Diane Sawyer was born Lila Diane.

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Rank in US: #227

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Pop Culture References for the name Lila

Layla, Lylah, Lilah, Lyla, Leila


Boba_Buddy_Le Says:


So much better than Lily.

Chelsealovestheocean Says:


I LOVE this name! It's not very common, so classy, beautiful, easy to say, etc. Perfection!

MayaHelen Says:


This is my younger sister's name (my name is Maya). We pronounce it Ly - la, like telling a lie, or lying down. That's the Hebrew and Arabic pronunciation, which is what my family is most familiar with. It means night in Hebrew and is a variant of Leila in Arabic, which means dark haired beauty. People do call her Leela or Lil - luh, and surprisingly Lilia sometimes, but most get it right. Leela is a different name in it's own right, and a really nice one. Personally, I'd spell it that way (Lela looks like it should be pronounced Leila).

It's actually a little funny, in Hindu culture, there's a yin-yang sort of theory of the universe where Maya is the destruction and Lila is the playfulness. My parents weren't aware of this at all, but it's pretty cool.

dayjs Says:


I agree! I have a protagonist named Delilah, her closest friends call her Lila.

dayjs Says:


Ooh, me too!

TechnoKitten Says:


I pronounce this Lee-lah,I don't like it pronounced Ly-lah

LaulenaG Says:


One of my favorites! Very feminine. I prefer the Ly-Lah pronunciation.

RoseFlower Says:


Ashton Lila Taylor is the name of my little baby girl and I think it's so pretty!! <3

AllMyCrazyChildren Says:


My second daughter's name is Lila, pronounced like the more common
Lilah. I don't think the name looks as pretty with the H at the
end, so we left it off. It's a playful name, but it also has a romantic
side. We think it suits her perfectly. :)

Ella Says:


Lila is very nice

Wildmoonchild Says:


Classic and cool with a super meaning. Love Lila, a lot!

Kristinc1 Says:


I'm upset with the false representation of the name.
Lee-la (lila) is hindu , Sanskrit, Arabic
The name comes from one of Lord Rama s wifes it is not pronoced Lyla they will not no what you are talking about .
Ly-la (lila) is another form of Lily , the American short term for Liliac and Scottish female form of Lyles (island).
Do your research before naming your baby !
I was lucky enough for my Husband to explain the hindu version of the name it helped me search more and figure out what my baby's name means!
Both are beautiful with beautiful meanings but don't get mixed up!
I feel like name sights should explain the two and not slap on whatever sounds pretty.

Daiseymae Says:


That is the proper spelling of Lela. I was going to use this for my third daughter.

oliviamcdonald Says:


I love this but wouldn't use it because the pronunciation is so confusing. I like Lilla, Lilah or Lela to make things clearer

oliviamcdonald Says:


Lelah Lela

indiefendi2 Says:


I really don't see how people get Lyla from this because all I see is Lily with an a. Lil a. That's so much prettier to me.

blondebookworm Says:


Lela. I know someone with this name that pronounces it lee-la.

gummybear0724 Says:


Does anyone know any ways to spell it so the standard pronunciation is Lee-la? Besides Leela?

Marcella Weiß Says:


I wouldn't say everyone mispronounces it is a moron. I'm a native German speaker and Lila is our world for 'purple,' and the correct German pronunciation is lee-ah. I try to pronounce it properly but often get confused and say it the way I was raised to.

Marcella Weiß Says:


This is a cute name. c: I'm from Germany, though, and we pronounce Lila as lee-ah because it's our word for the color purple. So I'm still struggling to remind myself it's pronounced ly-lah in the English language.

Luísa Says:


Well, I'm a Portuguese speaker; so the right way for my people is: lee-lah.

jahanbismi Says:


I'm Muslim and when I have kids I have a tiny list of Arabic names that I want to use to honor my heritage and this name is defiantly up there. I also have a older cousin who's name is layla (I don't know how she spells it since there are so many spellings) so that's another reason.

Ariana157 Says:


The traditional pronunciation is Lee-lah .

Jinxgirl Says:


Lila is sexy and sweet without being over the top. I do like the Lilah spelling

RavenZimmi Says:


This name has been tainted by many people in my school. Every Lila I have ever met has been a terribly unpleasant person!

SoDallas3 Says:


Just like Maya, the American pronunciation is different to the Australian, as we would instinctively pronounce it how it's spelt Lil-UH. A children's TV program here features a Lila with this pronunciation also.

Roving After Hours Says:


Beware of morons who will mispronounce this name daily! My name is Lila and I've gotten everything but my entire life. Anything from Leela, lola, lil a, then there's the ever popular lala. Like who names their kid La La? Really!

Roving After Hours Says:


Because that is the CORRECT pronounceation

rainierloner Says:


Absolutely love this name! I'm using it for a character in my current story.

raevynstar Says:


Strong nickname for Delilah.

Chloejonesx Says:


I love this name i think its cute but also kinda classy i like the pronunciation as Ly Lah

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I use Lila as a nickname for my character, whom I called Kalliope. It's a much better nickname than Callie and Poppy.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


I love Leela as well but my sister's name is Leah which is too close for comfort :(

AnonymousPerson Says:


Lila is sweet and pretty, but Leela has more power and depth.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


I love this name! It was my first competition team dance teacher so it has a lot of meaning to me :) I want to name a future daughter this!

NadineDonovan Says:


I think we're going to use this for our baby girl;)

MsBrandiLion Says:


This is my daughters name, I love it!