Layla Name Meaning & Origin

Layla

Pronunciation: LAY-lə (key)

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).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Laela, Laila, Leila

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Comments and insights on the name Layla: | Edit

My daughter's name is Laila. Everyone comments on how pretty her name is although, when people see her name spelled they think her name is "Lilah", which is annoying. The name Layla is becoming a lot more popular,but it's a beautiful name!

Personal experiences with the name Layla: | Edit

This is my name and I love it, expecially because my parents gave me a more unique spelling; Leighle.

My daughter name is Layla & she is a very beautiful baby I looked on a website of baby names & when I ran across that name it stuck with me I love it.. I named her Layla Nicole..but we call her Lay Lu or Layla Boo

Nicknames for Layla: | Edit

Layla lu
LuLu
Lay Lu
Layla Boo
Layla Bug

Meanings and history of the name Layla: | Edit

Layla is Middle Eastern name most famously known for being apart of the Arabic version of "Romeo and Juliet" or "Layla and Majnun".

Famous real-life people named Layla: | Edit

Laila Ali, Professional boxer
Layla El, Professional Wrestler

Layla in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Layla" is the name of Derek and the Dominos song released in 1972 on the album "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs".
Layla is the name of one of the main Characters in the 2005 film "Sky High".
It was Eric Clapton's nickname for Pattie Boyd Harrison, after the Leila in the Arab love story "Layla and Majnun". Clapton felt his love for Pattie was hopeless, like Majnun's love for Layla, because she was married to his best friend, George Harrison. He wrote this song for her.

In 2005 "Layla" placed at #27 in Rolling Stones 'Greatest 500 rock songs of all time' List.

There is a Layla mentioned in Flyleaf's song "Fully Alive".

"Layla and Majnun", classic Arabic love story.
Layla Miller, a character in the X-Men comics

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