Gender Feminine
Scripts ليلى(Arabic)
Pronounced Pron. LIE-la(Arabic) LAY-lə(English)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Means "night" in Arabic. Layla was the love interest of the poet Qays (called Majnun) in an old Arab tale, notably retold by the 12th-century Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi in his poem Layla and Majnun. This story was 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

VariantsLaila, Leila, Leyla(Arabic) Laïla(Arabic (Maghrebi)) Laila, Leila, Lela, Leyla, Lila, Lilah, Lyla, Lylah, Leilah(English)
Other Languages & CulturesLeyla(Azerbaijani) Lejla(Bosnian) Leila(French) Leila(Georgian) Leila, Leyla(Kurdish) Leila, Leyla(Persian) Leyla(Turkish) Laila(Urdu)
User SubmissionsLäylä, Ləyla

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Entry updated December 14, 2019