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My name is Leila. I pronounce it LEE-lah. People have told me I pronounce it wrong. Frankly I love my name- it throws everybody off.
lmcdaniel  1/24/2019
In 2018, 2 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Leila who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 1, 259th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/11/2018
So gorgeous! Then again, Arabic girl names usually are. It is perfect for a girl who was born in the night.
kayisforkeen  8/3/2018
This spelling makes it look like it would be pronounced as Lee-lah or Lie-lah. If you want it to be pronounced as Lay-Lah I would just go with the Layla spelling just so people wouldn't mispronounce it.
Luvbug86  6/28/2018
Leila Goldkuhl placed third on the 19th cycle of America's Next Top Model.
That70sShowGeek  5/30/2018
How has anyone not mentioned Leila Denmark (1898-2012), who was, at one point, the world's oldest practicing pediatrician? She retired at the age of 103. She ended up living to 114, making her a supercentenarian.
That70sShowGeek  5/14/2018
This is my favorite variation of the name. It sounds very mysterious and elegant in a delicate way.
Kitandkat  3/26/2018
Very common in Iran and Afghanistan. Whoever tells you this is Arabic is a liar.
leah123  3/24/2018
The name is pronunced Layla, it's an Arabic name.
georgia88  11/17/2017
My maiden name is Lea Mau you can imagine how my name was slaughtered when I grew up. LA Meow was very commonly pronounced. Now if Lea Mau doesn't sound Polynesian what could? I am of German decent however. I have always wondered what Lea or even Mau might mean in Hawaiian? Most my Hawaiian friends call me Lay ah instead of Lee ah. I'm Hawaiian at heart and would love to find the meaning if any?
LeaMauCook  5/12/2017
Leila Norma Eulalia Josefa Magistrado de Lima is a Filipino lawyer, human rights activist and politician. She was appointed by president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as Chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights in May 2008 and she served in the commission until June 30, 2010, when she was appointed by President Benigno S. Aquino III as the Philippines' Secretary of the Department of Justice. She resigned as justice secretary on October 12, 2015, to focus on her candidacy for a seat in the Senate of the Philippines in what was then an oncoming 2016 Philippine general election. She won one of the twelve contested seats and currently serves as a Philippine senator in the Philippines' 17th Congress.
cutenose  4/20/2017
My name is Leila and I pronounce it "Layla". My mom was from Finland where the language is phonetic and always pronounced it 'Layla'. In the Finnish language, the letters 'ei' together are pronounced 'ay'.
pirjosdaughter  3/5/2017
Leila Luliana da Costa Vieira Lopes is an Angolan actress, model and beauty queen who won the titles of Miss Angola UK 2010, Miss Angola 2010 and Miss Universe 2011. Lopes was born on 26 February 1986 in Benguela, Benguela Province, Angola. Prior to being a contestant in beauty pageants, she studied business management at University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich, England. Lopes is actively involved in raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and the discrimination that people with the disease experience.
cutenose  1/20/2017
My name is Leila but my mom wanted it pronounced Lee I la. I used to get upset because no one could ever pronounce it correctly. So I just shorten it and tell people my name is Lee.
― Anonymous User  1/13/2017
Also used in Hungary. There are 2 ways to pronounce: LE-i-law and LEY-law.
HerculePoirot  8/24/2016
This name is also used in Portuguese-speaking countries, though you don't hear it too often in Portugal - it's more common in Brazil and in former Portuguese colonies in Africa such as Mozambique and Angola.
Buneary  7/21/2016
One of the best (and worst) things about English: versatility of pronunciation. Personally, Leila/Leyla looks to me to say 'LAY-la'; Laila/Layla looks like 'LIE-la'; and Lila/Liela looks like 'LEE-la'. But technically, Leila could be any of those three pronunciations.
foreverslowly  5/12/2016
Leila Lopes is an Angolan actress, model and beauty queen who won the titles of Miss Angola UK 2010, Miss Angola 2010 and Miss Universe 2011.
lilolaf  4/24/2016
My name is Leila. Many mispronounce it but none can deny the pleasure of two l's rolling off your tongue.
― Anonymous User  4/11/2016
My name is Leighla and it is pronounced Lee-la... as well as my great grandmother. Hers was spelled Leila and pronounced the same way. Why do people think it's Lay-la just because it's spelled a certain way doesn't mean it has to be pronounced that way!
― Anonymous User  3/26/2016
My niece is named Leila, pronounced LAY la, and it fits her perfectly. :) I think Leila is a beautiful, strong but elegant name, and I prefer the spelling LEILA much better than Layla. I also don't like the pronunciations LEE la or LIE la as much.
― Anonymous User  3/26/2016
Common in Bosnia, but I also meet people named Leila here in Istria (region of Croatia) although it might just be the high percentage of Bosnians in the population (higher than in any other Croatian county)...
TheSnowQueen  3/9/2016
This is such a beautiful, delicate name! I like the spelling Laila as well, but I don't like Leyla or Layla. Something about the y takes away the delicateness of the name.
kvpp88  11/4/2014
"Lye-la" and "Lay-la" are actually two different, distinct names.

"Lye-la" is of Nordic origin, meaning "Hope". (Sami people)

"Lay-la" is of Arabic and Hebrew origin, derived from the words for night.

Both can be correct. It just depends on what you're going for. For example, my daughter is named after a Norwegian grandmother; therefore "Lye-la" is correct for her.
― Anonymous User  7/18/2014
My name is Leila and it is pronounced as LEE-LA. No one can say who's correct phonetically speaking, because no one knows.
LeiLei1  7/16/2014
My name is Leila. I agree that it is often mispronounced, but I think that is the beauty of the name. It's unique. No one knows how to pronounce it until you tell them but personally I like being the only one who has the name Leila (LAY-LA). Many people say the meaning of the name Leila is night, born at night, night beauty, nocturnal, dark-haired beauty, or dark beauty. That means that you get to pick the meaning of your name. The meaning of my beautiful name is dark beauty and it isn't Persian, Hawaiian, or Hebrew. My name is Leila, it means dark beauty, and it originated from Arabic. And I am proud of it.
Leila747  6/12/2014
Leila is also used in France (it was in the Top 200 in 2012) and is pronounced leh-ee-lah. Alternate spellings are Leïla and Leïlah.
poisonivy  5/18/2014
Leila is also the Georgian form of Layla. It is commonly used in the country. And I mean, commonly used by native Georgians - not just by Arab immigrants.

In Georgian, Leila is written as: ლეილა.

Known bearers of this name include Georgian actress, director and writer Leila Abashidze (b. 1929) and retired Georgian professional tennis player Leila Meskhi (b. 1968). [noted -ed]
Lucille  6/17/2013
It is of Arabic origin, and the meaning of Leila is "night beauty". Used by authors for the names of exotic female characters in the early 19th century.
oddone460  5/14/2013
This is my favorite spelling, because it's the only one that had been used consistently through time, unlike Layla (which looks too childish and similar to the awful name Kayla) and Laila, which is used more predominantly in modern times. I tend to prefer traditional spellings, so Leila is my favorite :) I like the pronunciations "lay-la" and "lie-la", so it'd be hard to choose which one I'd say! Also I think the pronunciation is about 50/50 and that could get confusing when different people are calling you different things.
― Anonymous User  3/27/2013
My name is Leila, and I really like it. The original pronunciation is Layla; that's how this name is supposed to be pronounced. Though I was named for the Eric Clapton song Layla, my parents decided to go with the original spelling of the name because of where we would be living. Now that I live in the states, though, I get called LEE-la a lot when people read my name. It's not really bad, and I don't mind correcting them, but it can get a little frustrating just because you want people to know your name the way it is. But I really like my name either way; it's not common at all!
leila26  11/10/2012
This name is also common in Iran.
overtheclouds  8/29/2012
This is my favorite spelling of this name and I like it better pronounced lie-lah.
michelle.ramirez  4/25/2012
Remember that there are phonetic differences in languages. Just because it's pronounced differently doesn't mean it's wrong.

Personally, I think LEILA should be pronounced LEE-lah. I'm not sure about other languages, but at least in English, there is a separate spelling, LAYLA and is pronounced LAY-lah. (In English, we tend to use pronunciations from different languages).
GibsonGirl  8/27/2011
I love this name. It's nice because of the 2 L's, and L is a very delicate letter.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2010
Leila Buchanan is one of the main characters on the great new TV sci-fi drama "The Event". Leila is a young woman whose family gets pulled into a government conspiracy.
― Anonymous User  12/3/2010
This is my favorite spelling of Layla/Laila/Leila/Leyla, pronounced LAY-luh. I just think it looks absolutely beautiful, and sounds very elegant. I particularly like the combination Leila Rose (Rose being a family name, and my middle name).
erb816  3/23/2010
Leila is also borne by a very famous Ukrainian belly dancer. Although her real name is Alla Kushnir, she's also known as Leila, which means "night."
Arcticwarrior  4/15/2009
With Leila I see LIE LA not LAY LA or LEE LA. Some people say because it has the lei word like the Hawaiian lei it must be said as Lay la. Then what about the name Lorelei? Do you say that as LORE LAY? No most people say LORE LIE.

Also you have to think of the origins. It is an Arabic name. The Arabic lanuage does not use the same letters i.e. A-Z. Leila is a form of Laila. And Laila is SUPPOSED to be said like LIE LA not LAY LA. There is a book in the Quran called Lail and you say it as Liel even though it looks like Layl. I used to say it as Layl until my husband taught me the right way. And like I said they use a different alphabet system so it is not a direct translation. There could be more than one way to tanslate it. Same with Russian to English and others.

But I would never use the spelling Laila for my daughter if I wanted LIE LA. In the U.S. Laila would be said LAY LA 98% of the time.

Lila, at first glance, I say LEE LA like Dina DEE NA.
Lilah I thought was LIE LA like Dinah DIE-NA. But everybody says LIE LA for Lila.

Back to Leila. If you look at it from an Asian point of view it could be LAY LA. If you look at it from a German point of view it would be LIE. But from an Arabic view it is LIE LA.
lilbeth  7/10/2008
LEILA is Arabic for 'dark' and 'born of night.'
There are FOUR ways of spelling the name:
There is a woman politician called Layla Zana.
flowerbudstar  5/31/2008
Famous bearers:
Moderator/Model Leila Abbas
Singer Leila Lopez
Emilie007  5/29/2008
The Estonian version of this name is Leili.
sarahj  4/8/2008
This name is correctly pronounced as LAY-la. I could see how you can get LEE-la, or even LIE-la from Leila, but it's really LAY-la. Think of the Hawaiian word 'lei' when you say it, since that's embedded in the name. Lei is pronounced as 'lay,' not 'lie' or 'lee.'

If you really fancy the pronunciation LIE-la, consider the lovely name Lila. LEE-la would be Leela.
― Anonymous User  2/23/2008
Leila is the main character in a famous short story by Katherine Mansfield called "Her First Ball."

'She quite forgot to be shy; she forgot how in the middle of dressing she had sat down on the bed with one shoe off and one shoe on and begged her mother to ring up her cousins and say she couldn't go after all. And the rush of longing she had had to be sitting on the veranda of their forsaken up-country home, listening to the baby owls crying "More pork" in the moonlight, was changed to a rush of joy so sweet that it was hard to bear alone. She clutched her fan, and, gazing at the gleaming, golden floor, the azaleas, the lanterns, the stage at one end with its red carpet and gilt chairs and the band in a corner, she thought breathlessly, "How heavenly; how simply heavenly!" '
k1wibaby  11/21/2007
Think Leila is a pretty name, to me it sounds like a flower.
aja3  10/25/2007
This is pretty much my name, only it is spelled Layla. I think it looks nicer as Layla, and it is MUCH easier to pronounce as Layla. My parents almost spelled my name as Leila, but they realized most people would mispronounce my name as Lee-la or Lie-la. I hate when people try to pronounce it as one of those ways. Name your kid Leela or Lyla if you want it pronounced that way. Leila is pronounced as lay-la.

But aside from that, it's a really pretty name. ^^
― Anonymous User  7/14/2007
I'm not sure but I think it means Love in Urdu. I'll have to check on it.
― Anonymous User  4/8/2007
That one-eyed girl on Futurama is Leela not Leila and a famous bearer is Leila Mckinnon an Australian tv representer.
Koolgal  3/30/2007
Leila reminds me of the one eyed alien girl off 'Futurama'.
bellaboo  11/2/2006
I prefer it spelled Layla and pronounce it LAY-la, and Lila and pronounce it LIE-la.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2006
This name is so awesome! I am afraid to name my daughter Leila though only because I like it pronounced "Lee-lah" and I am afraid she would always be called "Layla" or "Lie-lah". The meaning is so beautiful, love it!
― Anonymous User  6/22/2006
Another famous bearer is Leila Forouhar, an Iranian singer.
― Anonymous User  4/21/2006
A famous (or infamous) Leila is Leila Khalid, the Palestinian hijacker.
Ylva  3/10/2006

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