GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: Arabic, English
OTHER SCRIPTS: ليلى (Arabic)
PRONOUNCED: LAY-lə (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
Means "night" in Arabic. This was the name of the object of romantic poems written by the 7th-century poet known as Qays. The story of Qays and Layla became a popular romance in medieval Arabia and Persia. The name became used in the English-speaking world after the 1970 release of the song 'Layla' by Derek and the Dominos, the title of which was inspired by the medieval story.
Related Names
VARIANTS: Laila, Leila, Leyla (Arabic), Leila, Laila, Leilah, Lela, Leyla, Lila, Lyla (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Leyla (Azerbaijani), Lejla (Bosnian), Leila (Georgian), Leila, Leyla (Persian), Leyla (Turkish)
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