Layla Name Meaning

A name beaming with beauty, Layla means “night” in Arabic. A derivative of Leila, Layla has long been a classic name in Arabic speaking nations before her rise to fame in English circles.

Layla’s nightly origins make her an attractive choice for parents looking for something edgy without being too over the top or descriptive. A little Layla is just as mysterious as Raven without the preceding imagery, allowing her to own her name and its likeness.

Layla offers the familiar feel of the 90s classic Kayla with the in-trend L start seen in current favorites Lily, Leah, and Lucy. Her history and sound also give her an exotic feel similar to Mila, Luna, and Aurora. Despite this mysterious allure, she’s much more common than one may think thanks to her plentiful spelling variations including Leila, Laila, Leyla, and Laylah. She’s not to be confused with the similar Lilah and Leela, though just as beautiful.

Layla also strikes an easy balance between being both youthful and mature. She wears well on a little girl and adult alike, never sound too stuffy or cutesy regardless of age. She’s fashionable, versatile, and no doubt here to rock the charts for years to come.

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Layla Name Popularity

How popular is the name Layla? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Layla was the 27th most popular girls name, representing 0.4701% of girl births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Layla has been the 376th most popular girls name, representing 0.0572% of girl births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 0 0%
1916 0 0%
1917 0 0%
1918 0 0%
1919 0 0%
1920 0 0%
1921 0 0%
1922 0 0%
1923 0 0%
1924 0 0%
1925 0 0%
1926 0 0%
1927 0 0%
1928 0 0%
1929 0 0%
1930 0 0%
1931 0 0%
1932 0 0%
1933 0 0%
1934 0 0%
1935 0 0%
1936 0 0%
1937 0 0%
1938 0 0%
1939 0 0%
1940 0 0%
1941 0 0%
1942 0 0%
1943 0 0%
1944 0 0%
1945 0 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 0 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 0 0%
1950 0 0%
1951 0 0%
1952 0 0%
1953 0 0%
1954 0 0%
1955 0 0%
1956 0 0%
1957 0 0%
1958 0 0%
1959 0 0%
1960 0 0%
1961 0 0%
1962 0 0%
1963 0 0%
1964 0 0%
1965 0 0%
1966 0 0%
1967 0 0%
1968 0 0%
1969 0 0%
1970 0 0%
1971 2,171 8 0.0005%
1972 979 72 0.0053%
1973 858 99 0.0076%
1974 774 131 0.0101%
1975 771 132 0.0103%
1976 823 118 0.0092%
1977 802 133 0.0099%
1978 1,036 81 0.006%
1979 1,062 80 0.0057%
1980 1,036 88 0.006%
1981 1,386 44 0.003%
1982 1,293 52 0.0035%
1983 1,586 29 0.002%
1984 1,199 60 0.004%
1985 1,509 36 0.0024%
1986 1,224 63 0.0042%
1987 1,530 40 0.0026%
1988 1,284 62 0.004%
1989 1,602 43 0.0027%
1990 1,226 87 0.0052%
1991 1,616 48 0.0029%
1992 1,091 116 0.0073%
1993 682 272 0.0174%
1994 911 160 0.0104%
1995 846 181 0.012%
1996 879 173 0.0116%
1997 977 147 0.0099%
1998 860 194 0.013%
1999 668 297 0.0198%
2000 406 669 0.0438%
2001 329 917 0.0609%
2002 291 1,040 0.0694%
2003 195 1,663 0.1093%
2004 169 1,994 0.1308%
2005 144 2,370 0.155%
2006 101 3,349 0.2139%
2007 85 3,893 0.2467%
2008 55 4,930 0.319%
2009 45 5,200 0.3479%
2010 37 5,889 0.4087%
2011 35 6,076 0.4265%
2012 31 6,263 0.4395%
2013 30 6,477 0.4549%
2014 29 6,446 0.4424%
2015 30 6,325 0.4347%
2016 30 6,246 0.4332%
2017 26 6,274 0.4495%
2018 27 6,459 0.4701%

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Data via SSA.gov.


Names Like Layla

If you like Layla, you’ll love these other names like Layla.


What names are diminutives of Layla?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Layla sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Layla, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lala

Tulip

Slavic


What names are variants of Layla?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Layla.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Laela

Night beauty

Arabic

#3,501 (0.0004%)  
Laila

Night

Arabic

#179 (0.1151%)  
Laylah

Night beauty

Arabic

#726 (0.0221%)  
Leila

Night

Arabic

#225 (0.0972%)  
Leyla

Night beauty

Arabic

#608 (0.0304%)  

What names sound like Layla?

If you like how Layla sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Layla.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Bayla

Berry clearing; bailiff; city fortification

English

#2,971 (0.0005%)  
Jayla

Combination name

American

#235 (0.0955%)  
Kayla

Pure

English

#145 (0.1354%)  
Kyla

Narrow strait

English

#424 (0.0499%)  
Lalla

“The maiden from the Lowlands,” based on the Scottish dialectal form lal- lan, the low-lying land.

Leela

Night beauty

Arabic

#1,078 (0.0106%)  
Lilah

Night

Arabic

#280 (0.0815%)  
Lyla

Night

English

#126 (0.1657%)  
Nyla

One who achieves

Arabic

#284 (0.0801%)  
Rayla
#2,401 (0.0012%)  

What names are similar to Layla?

Find a name that’s like Layla, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Amira

Ruling princess

Arabic

#305 (0.0734%)  
Aria

Vocal solo

English

#19 (0.5382%)  
Calista

Cup; fairest, most beautiful

Latin

#1,483 (0.005%)  
Camila

Young religious servant

Spanish

#18 (0.5429%)  
Dahlia

Dahlia flower

Scandinavian

#401 (0.0514%)  
Farrah

Good-looking

English

#930 (0.0148%)  
Mila

Dear and gracious

Slavic

#14 (0.5915%)  
Mira

Wonderful; peace; propserous

Spanish

#448 (0.0463%)  
Penelope

Weaver

Greek

#26 (0.4712%)  
Phoebe

Bright and pure

Greek

#310 (0.0723%)  

Lists With Layla

Find inspiration in these baby girl name lists featuring the name Layla.


Siblings of Layla

Mamas with kids named Layla also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Samuel

Name of God

Hebrew

#21 (0.7085%)  
Elsie

God is my oath

English

#268 (0.0844%)  
Christian

Follower of Christ

Latin

#55 (0.4733%)  
Amina

Truthful one

Arabic

#290 (0.079%)  
Lillith

Belonging to the night

Ancient

#1,785 (0.0031%)  
Kayden

Son of Cadan

American

#98 (0.2883%)  
Jacob

Supplanter

Hebrew

#13 (0.8567%)  
Kylie

Boomerang

Aboriginal

#122 (0.1747%)  
Chloe

Green sprout

Greek

#25 (0.4823%)  

8 Comments

  1. My 4 yr old niece actually picked her name out and her middle name is rose bc layla stands for beautiful rose and that’s exactly what she is a beautiful rose

  2. I picked layla because I didn’t often hear that name and thought it was a beautiful name

  3. I love that it sounds the same in English and Spanish.

  4. It was one of my favorite names for girls, and it pays homage to my Middle Eastern heritage.

  5. I had spent the first 3 months of my pregnancy thinking I was having a boy so the day of the ultrasound, when I found out otherwise, I scrambled to find a girl name. I viewed a “500 baby girl names” video and Layla just felt right. So now I have Layla Lee! Everyone assumes I’m an Eric Clapton fan, but I’m not, so that’s something to get used to with this name.

  6. Got my daughters name from her uncle who passed away the day we were supposed to have our first ultrasound, greg also metiond if cooper was a girl he was going to be layla then cooper passed away and we found out we were having the first girl of the family

  7. My husband is Arabic & wanted an Arabic name that was “American” sounding or easy to pronounce.
    I’m tired of hearing, “You must be an Eric Clapton fan.”

  8. In our blended family…with Layla being our sixth kiddo “together”…I was just so thrilled to be pregnant again and that we had chose to add onto our family that I didn’t mind one bit the gender nor did I mind what the baby’s name was…so we opted out of finding out what he/she was until the baby was born and my husband had a boy name picked out and a girl name picked out…she ended up being a girl so…he gave her the name Layla…which I just love! He said he chose that name as a twist to his grandma’s name, Lelah, who passed away the month before Layla was born. Layla, though she is 5 now and loves her name, is over people singing Eric Clapton’s song Layla to her. Hahaha!


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