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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 "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

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.

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

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"

Lilah, Leila, Lylah, Lyla, Layla


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!