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Gender: Female Meaning of Lila: "night" Origin of Lila: Arabic Lila's Popularity in 2017: #210

The name Lila is a girl's name of Arabic, Hindi, Persian origin meaning "night". Lila is ranked #210 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Attitude Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Lila

(Ana) Lila Downs (Sánchez), Mexican-American singer-songwriter
Lila Karp, American feminist novelist
Elizaveta Nikolayevna "Lila" Kedrova, Russian-French actress
Lila Lee (born Augusta Appel), American actress
Lila Elaine McCann, American country music singer
(Lila) Diane Sawyer, American news reporter
Lila Prap, pen name of Lilijana Praprotnik Zupančič, Slovene children's author and illustrator
Lila Amen, American reality TV personality ("All American Muslim")
Lila Parks (b. 2001), daughter of musicians Louise Post of Veruca Salt and Tony Parks
Lila Grace Moss-Hack (b. 2002), daughter of model Kate Moss
Lila Geary (b. 2006), daughter of actors Laura Fraser and Karl Geary
Lila Tracey Cassidy (b. 2008), daughter of actor Shaun Cassidy
Lila Addison Jones (b. 2009), quintuplet daughter of Casey and Ethan Jones of TV's "Quints By Surprise"
Lila Hagman (b. 2009), daughter of ice hockey player Niklas Hagman and model Piritta Hannula
Lila Bennington (b. 2011), daughter of singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and model Talinda Bennington; twin of sister Lily
Lila Lovejoy (b. 2013), daughter of ice hockey player Ben Lovejoy
Lila-Elodie Scott, daughter of singers Mike Scott of The Waterboys and Camille O'Sullivan
Lila Skye Kalis, daughter of American skateboarder Josh Kalis

Pop Culture References for the name Lila

Delilah 'Lila' Bard, character from V.E. Schwab's "A Darker Shade of Magic"
Lila, character on TV's 'Deadwood'
Lila West, character on TV's 'Dexter'
Lila Dahl (Ames), character in Marilynne Robinson's Gilead trilogy
Lila Zacharov, character in The Curse Workers trilogy by Holly Black
Lila Morgan, character on TV's "Angel"
Lila Rae Alcazar, character in several American soap operas
Lila Wate, character in the Beautiful Creatures series
Lila Markus, Grace's daughter on TV's "Will and Grace"
Lila "Fantasia" Walker, character in movie "One False Move"
Lila Robinson, character on TV's "Pushing Daisies"
Lila Pilgrim, character on TV's "Endeavour"
Lila Sawyer, character in animated series "Hey Arnold"
Lila Maria Sucre, daughter of Sucre on TV's "Prison Break"
Lila Mayfield, main character in comic strip "The Meaning of Lila" by John Forgetta
Lila Stanguard, character from How to Get Away with Murder
Rafaella "Lila" Cerullo, character in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels
Lila Rossi, character in the TV show 'Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir'
Lila Fowler, character in Sweet Valley High book series by Francine Pascalki
Lila Norcross, main character in the novel "Sleeping Beauties" by Stephen and Owen King
Lila Dixon, character in the 1942 film "Holiday Inn"
Lila, unicorn character in animated movie "Barbie of Swan Lake"

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