Laila Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Layla:
Derived from the Arabic leila (night, dark beauty) or the Persian leila (dark-haired). Its use in England began with George Byron's poem "The Giaour" (1813).
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Laila in most countries, including the United States is pronounced as "lay- la"
My daughter is named Laila, and she/we get compliments daily on it. It is a Norwegian name as well, I found it on a Norwegian perfume bottle!
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I often get asked if I am a Eric Clapton fan because I named my daughter Laila (I am) but...it is spelt differently. Also, when I approached the man (Geir Ness) who developed the Norwegian Perfume Laila I was exploding with excitment and blurted out i had name my daughter after the perfume. He smiled broadly and said "Oh thats wonderful...so you named her Lie-La (the Norwegian pronunciation of Laila). I had been pronouncig it the American way of Lay-La..... It is still lovely and preferred.
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Arabian Meaning - born at night
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Laila Ali, professional boxer, daughter of Muhammad Ali
- Laila in song, story & screen: | Edit
Laila is pronounced like "Layla" like the Eric Clapton song.
Laila is a main character in the book "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini
Laila was the baby daughter of Grace Adler and her husband Leo Markus in the finale of the TV series "Will and Grace". She grows up to marry Ben, the son of Will Truman and his partner Vince.
Laila was Will Stronghold's friend in the movie Sky High.