Leila: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Leila

Leila

Pronunciation: LAY-lə, LIY-lə, LEE-lə (key)

Origin of the name Leila:

Derived from the Arabic leila (night, dark beauty) or the Persian leila (dark-haired). Its use in England began with George Byon's poem "The Giaour" (1813).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Leila: | Edit

My name is Leila and I'd like to have it spelled Layla because that's the exact way in which it is pronounced. My username is such because I've had many people say "LI-luh" or "Lee-luh"

Personal experiences with the name Leila: | Edit

This name is frequently mispronounced. I'm often called Layla, Lila, Lee-eye-la, Lilla. In my case, Leila is said, Lee-la.

My name is pronounced "Lee-eye-la," and no one ever gets it the first time. You get used to it, though.

My friend has 3 children oldest Ella Fergie Rae(big fan of Fergie), Noel Axl Jack and youngest Leila Rose.

Nicknames for Leila: | Edit

Lee, Lee-Lee, Lil, Lou, Leils

Meanings and history of the name Leila: | Edit

I've read in various places that Leila means "night" or "dark beauty" in Persian

Hebrew name of Arabic origin, meaning "dark oriental beauty."

"Leila," said the Hebrew, when left alone with his daughter, "think not that it is for mine own safety that I stoop to this flight from thee..."
(Leila, Lytton, 1853)

Arabic name meaning "night." Said to sometimes be given to children born during the night.

"The name is not heathenish, it is Arabic," said Leila, solemnly.
"Oh, Arabic is very heathenish; but the name is pretty, and it means "night," which is associated with enjoyment to the natives of hot countries..."
(Golden Hours Whitfield Magazine, Wray, Jan. 1883)

Jami (or Djami), Mulla nur-ed-din Abd-ar-Rahman-ben-Ahmed

Famous real-life people named Leila: | Edit

Leila Arcieri - actress
Leila Bronia Josefowicz - violinist
Leila Kenzle - actress
Leila McKinnon - journalist

Leila in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Layla" is a love song by Eric Clapton.
"Leila" is a country song released by ZZ Top in 1981. In the song, they pronounce the name as Lee-la.

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