Lila Name Meaning & Origin

Lila

Pronunciation: LIY-lə (key)

Origin of the name Lila:

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.

Related Names:

Lilah, Lyla

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Nicknames for Lila

My name is Lyla, and my friends call me "Lee-lie" or "Lula" but they're just being goofy. Normally they just shorten it to "Lye" like, "Lie," because it is pronounced "LIE-lah."

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My 11yr old daughter is named Lila and her cousin that we spent a lot of time with was 15 months old when she was born and called her Lulu because she could not say Lila. It's still her nickname to this day, in fact I probably call her Lulu more often than I call her Lila:)

Meanings and history of the name Lila

Lila is a variant of the female given name Leila, derived from the Semitic word for night. Over time it has come to mean Dark Beauty or Dark-haired Beauty. In Spanish lila is the word for the color lilac. In German it means purple.

Famous real-life people named Lila

Lila Karp, American writer and activist
Lila Lee, American actress
Lila McCann, American country music singer
Lila Diane Sawyer, American news reporter (known professionally as Diane Sawyer)
Lila Wallace, United States magazine publisher
Lila Saldani, 1964 Miss Massachusetts
Lila Oberg, 1980 Miss Alaska
Lila - daughter of British model Kate Moss b. 2002
Lila Crawford- Played Annie in Annie Revival on Broadway and Little Red in Into The Woods Movie (pronounces it Lil-uh)
Lila Bennington - (b. 2011, twin) daughter of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington and model Talinda Bennington

Lila in song, story & screen

"Lyla", song by Oasis.
Lyla Haven, a character in the series "A Trip to a Medic."
Keri Russel's character in the movie "August Rush" was also named Lila
Lyla Garrity is a character in the tv show "Friday Night Lights"
Lila Wingo Newbury character in the 1986 novel and 1991 film "The Prince of Tides"
Lila character in the 1972 and the 2007 film "The Heartbreak Kid"
Lila character in the t.v. series "Carnivàle"
Lila Crane character in the 1960 and the 1998 flim "Psycho"
Lila Culpepper character in the 2005 film "Stay"
Lila Cheney Marvel comic book character.
Lila Brown DC comic book character.
Lila West character in the t.v. series "Dexter"
Lila character in the 2004 french film "Lila Says"
Lila Fowler from the Sweet Valley book series.
Lila Blake character in the novel "The Deliverance" by Ellen Glasgow
Lila Bruett character in the novel "The Stand" by Stephen King
Lila Quartermaine character on the soap opera "General Hospital"
Lila Lee Bayliss character in the novel "Nora, Nora" by Anne Rivers Siddons
Lila Sawyer in the animated series Hey Arnold!
Lila Nova, the protagonist of the book "Hothouse Flower and the 9 Plants of Desire"
Lyla character in the t.v series "Sons of Anarchy"
Lila Duvane character in the 1995 made for TV movie "Problem Child 3: Junior in Love"
Lila from Bloomability
Lila Cheney from the X-Men comics

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