Given Name LAYLA

GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: Arabic, English
OTHER SCRIPTS: ليلى (Arabic)
PRONOUNCED: LAY-lə (English)  [details]

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.


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VARIANTS: Laila, Leila, Leyla (Arabic), Laila, Leila, Lela, Leyla, Lila, Lyla, Leilah (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Leyla (Azerbaijani), Lejla (Bosnian), Leila (Georgian), Leila, Leyla (Persian), Leyla (Turkish)
Entry updated December 8, 2017