Kayla Name Meaning & Origin

Kayla

Pronunciation: KAY-lə (key)

Origin of the name Kayla:

Transferred use of the Anglicized Irish surname, which is from the Gaelic Mac Caollaidhe (son of Caollaidhe) and O'Caollaidhe (descendant of Caollaidhe). The name is derived from caol (slender).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Kayla is my birth name and I loathe it. It's too bright and "preppy" for my taste, but that's not why I dislike it. It's very common for being such a simple name (and it's not simple in a good way like Judy or Ruth); long names are far more prettier and womanly, yet somehow this managed to top a classy name like Michelle for quite some time. You can't make a nickname that sounds very nice and still sticks to the actual name. You could go by "Kay," but so does every other girl with that trendy sound, like Kayleigh, Kaylee, Katie, Kaylnn, etc. I know many girls who go by "Kay" even though their name is completely unrelated. You'll have half your class and workplace turning around to this name when it is called. I've shared this name with 5 girls at once, not including the several variations of Makayla I knew. My old friend Caleb and I got confused on the roll call a lot, because no one would thoroughly pronounce the "b" at the end of his name. Most people say "Kayla" when they read "Caleb," so add that name to the confusion of 5 Kaylas, 3 Kaylees, 2 Katies, and 3 Makaylas. I also know two Laylas, an Ayla, and a Maila (said Mayla). When I graduated school, my younger friend told me a girl named Ja'Kayla and Nayla started too. What a tacky name, honestly. You can see it's sudden rise and fall in popularity, indicating that it is trendy. It's so 1990's it's painful; it's basically Jennifer, but at least you can go by Jen, Jem, or Jenny. Why do parents never consider these things?

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I'm 21 and my name is Kayla and I was also named after Days of Our Lives..

My name is Kayla, I'm 22 years old and was named that simply because my mom loved the name and after she met me she decided the other names she had picked out didn't fit me. I love my name, it's easy to spell and pronounce and it's easy for my young family members to pick up (or at least call me Kay-Kay).

My name is Kayla, I am twenty years old and was named after the character on Days Of Our Lives. I love my name. It's pretty and sweet and in my opinion is very popular. Usually that's a downside but it's nice knowing most of the world loves your name. I would definitely recommend naming your child this. I also recommend trying new spellings for parents concerned with the popularity. Such as Kaelah or Kaylah.

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I too was named after the character from Days Of Our Lives.

My name is Kayla, and I am 16 years old. I do share the name of Kayla with a lot of my friends, and I really enjoy it a lot. I found one of my friends at a summer camp, and both look exactly alike, and we are now BFFs. I would love to be anyone's friend if they are named Kayla, i am always looking for new buddies!

My name is also Kayla and i am 15 years old and i was also named after the character from days of our lives

Hey I guess this is in order of oldest to youngest BECAUSE.... My name is Kayla (duh) Im in 7th grade, Im 12 and again for the 4th time with my moms obsession of Days of our lives (ugh) Im also named after one of the charecters on there who apparently isn't there anymore.... But I was supposed to be originally named Mckayla but my dad wanted to go with a more traditionall irish name from our heritage.
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Kayla: A very gorgeous girl who has a lot of secret admirer's. Loves being in the spot life. Big smile and is pretty tough. Kayla can be ice cold with the people who love her most.

I've never watched Days of Our Lives, but I love the name Kayla, I think it's a very pretty name.

Yet another Kayla here, yes, named after the Days of Our Lives character... The fact that my last name is actually Johnson doesn't really help, lol. It's almost too obvious where my name came from.

Nicknames for Kayla: | Edit

Kay, Ella, Kayle, Ayla, Kay Kay, K, Miss Kay, Kandy, Kaylynne, Lala

Meanings and history of the name Kayla: | Edit

Likely a name that stems from "Michaela," that became "Makayla," and finally "Kayla," or is just two trendy sounds put together. If derived from Michaela, the meaning is actually "Who is like God?" Michaela is the feminine form of the name "Michael," an angel of the Bible. Michael's name is literally a praise stating that no one can compare to God.

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Pure/Purity in Greek; Beloved; Wise Child in Arabic; Keeper of the keys in English; Rejoice in Greek; Laurel Crown in Hebrew

Hebrew: A/the laurel crown; a crown made of laurels was often given to winners of competitions back in ancient Greece and were associated with victory/triumph. A laurel crown is a wreath placed on top of a person's head. Though modern laurel wreaths are often circular and made of Bay Laurels (an evergreen plant), they were shaped more like horse shoes in ancient Greece.

Famous real-life people named Kayla: | Edit

Kayla Ewell, actress
Kayla Collins, model
Kayla Barclay, Miss Utah 2008
Kayla Stra, jockey
Kayla Clark, Artist

Kayla in song, story & screen: | Edit

Kayla Johnson is a character on Days of Our Lives
Kayla was a wolf in a movie, which was called Kayla.
Kayla named doll, Groovy Girls
Kayla is a background character in "99 Homes"

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