The meaning of the name “Layla” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.
Additional information: The name means "night" in Arabic. This was the name of the object of romantic poems written by the 7th-century poet Qays. The story of poet Qays and Layla became a popular romance in medieval Arabia and Persia. Layla was a beautiful girl with whom the poet Majnun fell in love. When Majnun asked for her hand in marriage, Layla's father refused to give his permission to the match. Layla was married off to another man and later died. Majnun's love for Layla eventually drove him mad - indeed, the name Majnun means "madness" or "madman".
In Arabic the name Layla is an adjective citing about the deepness of night, the name Layla also means the intoxication of wine in the Arabic language.
The legend of Layla and Majnun later became a popular romance in medieval Iran and use of the name spread accordingly; the name also gained popularity further in the Muslim countries, in Turkic people, in the Balkans and in India.
The name has also been followed in the English-speaking world, especially after the 1970 popular song "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos, the title of which may have been stimulated by the medieval romance.
The names is adorned by celebs like boxer Laila Ali, TV actress Layla Kayleigh, Layla Ann-Lee, Layla Crawford and singer Layla Iskandar to name a few.
Layla's seen a significant gush in popularity, partly due to its affinity with hugely successful Kayla and partly because of the belief that it’s stylish to have a girl name that has a double l like Lila, Leila, Lily, Lillian, and so on.
Layla has trended up the charts to the Top 30 today in U.S, it's also in the Top 30 in the UK and Australia. The year when the name Layla was most popular is 2014.For 2014, the number of births with name Layla represented 0.332 percent of total in U.S.
The name due to its huge popularity has featured in urban legends. The story of Layla and Majnun began in the Arabian desert of the 7th century with the tragic, ʿUdhri love story of Qays ibn alMulawwah and his beloved Layla’.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Layla for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Layla is a girl name.
The name Layla is of Arabic origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially African countries, English speaking countries, Swahili speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Layla we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Layla Name Meaning
The meaning of Layla has more than one different etymologies. It has same or different meanings in other countries and languages. The different meanings of the name Layla are:
African meaning: Born at Night
American meaning: Wine; dark beauty
Arabic meaning: As intoxicating as wine
Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Layla and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Layla and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Layla is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Layla Categories
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Popularity of the Name Layla
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Layla displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Layla Boy Name Popularity Chart
Layla Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
Songs and Videos about the name Layla:
Layla by Derek & the Dominos and the thirteenth track from their album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (November 1970) are the songs which can never be forgotten in time.
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