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The German word "lila", pronounced "lee-ah" means "purple".
Destry  4/13/2005
Lila is the French word for lilac. It's pronounced lee-LA.
― Anonymous User  6/30/2005
Lila or Lilah also means "night" in Arabic.
Carby7  7/2/2005
Supermodel Kate Moss has a daughter named Lila Grace.
Groovey943  8/11/2005
I've always heard Lila pronounced like LIE-lah.
― Anonymous User  9/5/2005
My name is Lila. That's pronounced: Lie-la (not Lee-la). I'm named after an aunt with the same name. I'm told it is an old southern name.
WhiteLilac  12/3/2005
The name Lila (or Lilah) can also be found amongst apocryphal myths and Jewish folklore as a diminutive of Lilith, Adam's alleged first wife, who rejected him and became the mother of demons, murderer of infants, and the "original" seductress. Literal translations of the name include "Night". The word "lullaby" possibly has roots in a plea for Lilith (or Lilah) to pass by, sparing a child. For additional info, I highly recommend the Online Etymology Dictionary ( For an interesting perspective, check out the title song of "The Night" by the band Morphine, which demonstrates a refreshing erudition; so rare in contemporary music. It is also a hauntingly beautiful love song, replete with dual meanings.
theMonkey  12/5/2005
I adore Lila pronounced Lie-luh. It's gracious, feminine, delicate and intelligent. One of my favorites.
tmarie  3/12/2006
Lila is a very pretty, elegant name for a girl. A name she can grow up with.
― Anonymous User  5/7/2006
This name can also be pronounced LIE-lah, as a variation of the Arabic Leila/Laila.
― Anonymous User  5/18/2006
The names "Lila" and "Lilah" could be also interpreted as short forms respectively of "Delila" and "Delilah".
iva_toneva  6/14/2006
Lila means "lilac" in German and French, this is true. Lila is also an old southern nickname for Lily. As for the rubbish association with Lilith the evil vampiress cast out from Eden, this is for superstitious fools who read FICTION and twist it into FACT. We all know that Eve was the only wife of Adam, and any other claim is not Biblical. It's called folklore!
Fionafabulous  8/12/2006
The Bible is a collection of mythology that has been interpreted over many centuries, not a fact book. And Lilith (or Lila) has been used in folklore as a name for Eve. Both Lila and Lilith mean "night."
freethoughtgal  12/26/2009
Lilith is indeed the first wife of Adam--in the Jewish Bible, so I don't think you should be saying ignorant things like that.

Anyways, Lila is an okay name.
Lunar_Wolf  11/30/2010
Lilith is not in the Bible. She first appears in the Babylonian Talmud, which is commentary on the Bible. But yes, none of it should be taken as fact, and it isn't by most clergy and/or religious scholars.
triangular  2/24/2011
Lila is taking off in popularity, so watch out, this name could become the next Ava. Especially with many celebrities recently using it, and on Will and Grace this was what Grace named her daughter. It could become wildly trendy in the near future.
― Anonymous User  8/21/2006
I wouldn't associate Lila with the Arabic name Leila or the Indian name Leela as a variant. Lila by itself means lilac, and nothing more.
― Anonymous User  8/21/2006
Lila is a beautiful name for a girl. I also pronounce this name LIE-lah, not LEE-lah. I have also seen it used as a short form of Delilah, that is where another spelling of Lila could be from, Lilah. I like this name with the "h" on the end of it.
― Anonymous User  8/26/2006
This is a very beautiful, elegant name. I like to pronounce it LIE-lah so I would probably spell this name Lyla or Lylah to avoid confusion on the pronunciation on this name.
― Anonymous User  8/26/2006
I've also seen this name spelled Lyla.
― Anonymous User  9/3/2006
Lila was on the top 1000 list from the 1880's until the 1960's with its most popular year being the 1920's where it ranked 196. It came back on the top 1000 list in 2003 with its best year being 2005 where it ranked 448. The spelling Lilah appeared briefly on the top 1000 list in 1890's where it ranked 889.
― Anonymous User  9/25/2006
Lila (LIE-lah) is, in my opinion, plain. Yes, I'm one of those who is most likely to name my child Fauna or some other such creative name. However, I love LEE-lah. One of my best friends is going to name her first daughter Lila pronounced LEE-lah.
Tiffany Twisted  10/18/2006
This name is from BLOOMABILITY! Which, by the way, if you haven't read, READ! NOW! TODAY! It makes the Top 10 Luna List. Which can be hard for a book to do.
lunalovegood  11/13/2006
Lila also means "purple" in German.
LimeGreen  12/13/2006
I would pronounce it 'LIE-la' and I think it'd look much better spelt 'Lyla'. You know, like the Oasis song. :)
Surreal  1/29/2007
The French singer Faudel has a song 'Lila', pronounced Lee-la.
desert rose  3/18/2007
In German Lila is the word for the colour purple.
Luangi  4/9/2007
I know someone called this and they pronounce it lie-lah.
Luangi  5/31/2007
Lila is a great name. I like it pronounced Lie-la better than Lee-la. It just sounds better.
LilaMayaNeve  6/7/2007
My name is Lila pronounced lie-la. Everyone pronounces my name wrong, they say leela.
― Anonymous User  6/12/2007
"Lila" is also a kind of (light) purple in Dutch.
Florabel  8/25/2007
I love Lila! I prefer the spelling Lilah, though. That is the Persian spelling. Lilah means "dark beauty" and I've heard the meaning "lilac" too.
candleburn  8/29/2007
Lila does not mean 'dark beauty' in Persian. Perhaps you're thinking of Layla, which means 'dark beauty' in Arabic. I also doubt that Lilah is the Persian form.

Pretty name, though. LEE-lah is horrible, but LIE-lah is gorgeous.
― Anonymous User  2/5/2008
Actress Susan May Pratt & Kenneth Mitchell have a daughter Lilah Mitchell, born 7th July 2007.
Maggie_Simpson  10/8/2007
French actress Virginie Ledoyen has a daughter Lilas Fernandez, born 29 September 2001.
Janika  10/17/2007
I like this name pronounced LYE-LAH. This is the name of Kate Moss's daughter, Lila Grace.
Anonymous Blogger  11/3/2007
I've always pronounced it LIL-ah. Like Lily, but with an 'ah', in the place of the Y.
Keladry  3/21/2008
Lyla Novacek was the mother of August Rush in the movie "August Rush." This is a great name spelt either Lyla or Lila.
rory  4/13/2008
Lyla is my cousin Carlisle's (a girl) nickname.
― Anonymous User  5/11/2008
LEE la - *thumbs up*
LYE la - Trendful
― Anonymous User  5/31/2008
Sick of hearing it.
― Anonymous User  6/4/2008
If the name is pronounced, "LIE-luh" like I think, I love it.
Paris44  7/2/2008
Means "purple" in Swedish.
Emerson  7/18/2008
Even though it's an Indian name I have only met people of European descent with this name, never once an Indian. Interesting?
― Anonymous User  7/19/2008
The Indian name is said LEE lah, not the trendy English LYE la. I've met many Leelas (not the Lila spelling).

This one will be top 10-20 within five years in the US. I'm sure of it. If popularity annoys you and you love this name, BE WARNED. It's the next Ava.
― Anonymous User  8/15/2008
In my opinion, I like Lila pronounced, "Lee-lah" not "Lie-lah." I think "Lee-lah" sounds better. You don't hear the name Lisa pronounced like "Lie-sah" do you? If people prefer Lila pronounced "Lie-lah" then I believe they should spell the name like this: Lyla or Liela.
Coffeebean  8/31/2008
There is a character named Lila on the show Dexter.
Rachelgirl1989  12/20/2008
This is another soap opera name. General Hospital's matriarch Lila Quartermaine was played by the lovely Anna Lee from 1978 until she passed away in 2004. It was pronounced LY-lah.
faye  1/25/2009
I've heard of three babies on a baby board named Lila or Lilah and another two on the way. Don't worry about the popularity of Delilah, Ayla or even Isla, Lila is the one to watch and be concerned by.
― Anonymous User  3/4/2009
My great-grandmother's name was Lila. I think it is a pretty name that sounds modern and old fashioned at the same time.
― Anonymous User  3/6/2009
There is a character on Friday Night Lights called Lila!
samantharae  4/3/2009
I have a cousin called Lila, pronounced LEE-la. It's short for her full name, which is Eulalia.
― Anonymous User  4/28/2009
It should be a name for a funny person.
sailormars  6/16/2009
My great-grandmother's name was Lila and I think it is a very beautiful name.
fon_solo  7/20/2009
I named my cat Lila. I pronounce it "Lee-la." It came from the German word for "purple." I wasn't aware of the Sanskrit meaning, but now the name seems even cuter.
Aurora Lynn  9/11/2009
Lila means 'voilet' in Dutch. It is pronounced as Lee-la.
reddingsvestje  9/30/2009
Lila Sawyer is the name of a character on the Nickelodeon cartoon "Hey Arnold!". Lila is a very sweet, poor girl who moves to Arnold's neighborhood and quickly captures his heart and the fancies of the other boys. However, she only likes Arnold as a friend, making her his primary romantic interest.
JoReia  10/10/2009
I like this name pronounced LIE-la. I also named my violin Lilah, short for Delilah (yes, I know I'm odd, naming my violins).
― Anonymous User  8/1/2010
I think that Lila is a lovely name when pronounced LIE-lah. When pronounced LEE-lah, the name sounds (in my opinion) too much like a combination of Leah and Lilo, which are two names that I am not at all fond of. I also prefer the spelling Lila to alternate spellings.
fairy lights  10/28/2010
This name has always struck me as an old lady name. Perhaps this is because the only Lila I've ever met was an ancient old lady who lived next door to me as a child. That said, I still think it's a lovely name and I would like to see it used more.
― Anonymous User  10/28/2010
I love this name, but I like the spelling Lilah more!
gabbygrace1915  12/23/2010
It's pretty, but I'm not a HUGE fan of the stressed "IE" sound in the beginning. It's a nice short form of Delila/h.
DaphneSusan  1/11/2011
Lila is also German for the color lilac, pronunciation is LEE-la.
RaDi723  4/16/2011
IMO, it sounds pretty when said both ways (LIE-luh and LEE-luh).
Ryry1996  6/1/2011
This is a lovely name with either pronunciation. It isn't very common, so someone looking for a name that's a little different (not trendy), would do well to choose this name.
― Anonymous User  1/9/2012
I love this name, I'm using it for my daughter. It can be sweet for a young girl but also appropriate for a woman as it isn't too cutesy. I hope it doesn't become over used. Beautiful.
― Anonymous User  9/6/2012
Actress Linda Cardellini has a daughter named Lilah-Rose, Singer Lisa Loeb also has a daughter named Lyla Rose and Actor Mark Feuerstein has a daughter name Lila Jane and I think one of the more removed bristish royals (like 20 something in line to the throne) had a daughter named Lyla recently as well.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2013
The Character Grace Adler from the show Will & Grace had a daughter named Lila in the series finale.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2013
Pro-life activist Lila Rose has this name.
thesnowwhiterose  4/15/2013
I like this name. It sounds pretty. However, it reminds me of the "ever so" annoying Lila from Hey Arnold.
Lolth  6/2/2013
I have always wanted to name my daughter this, and when I recently told my best friend she said that it was the ugliest name she had ever heard. Is there anyone else who thinks this? Or is my friend just crazy?
LexieK136  11/17/2013
I love the name! It is so pretty and sporty. Never name a girly girl Lila. If your kid is named Lila you should enroll her in gymnastics at NYC elite. I bet that she will be great at it.
― Anonymous User  5/23/2014
My daughter is Lila Lie-la. When I named her, the name was almost unknown. The following year it was one of the most popular according to the social security administration. I knew it as an old southern name, and I liked the Persian meaning which is God's Free Will. There is a word Lila which means night in Arabic, but the name Lila does not mean night. Two years ago in the grocery store, a middle eastern man overheard my daughters name, and he stopped me to tell me his aunt is Lila (from Iran I think) and he was very clear to say that when they call her Lila, they are not at all referring to night and the name carries no such impression in his country. He seemed a little offended that people associate night with the name. He said the name Lila and the word Lila are very different meanings. In English, and certainly in the south, the name is pronounced Lie-la. And yes, we call her Li (Lie) for short sometimes. Someone said it is old and new at the same time and I think that's pretty true.
LilaGodsfreewill  6/11/2014
Lilah Tov means "good night" in Hebrew. I named my daughter Lilah (Lie-Lah) for two reasons... I loved the name Lilah since the 80's when I was addicted to General Hospital :) and, because I hoped by naming my daughter "night", it would provide a subliminal suggestion to sleep well through the night. It worked, in case you are wondering!
shebz  12/20/2014
I had Lila picked out for my future daughter from when I was in primary school - it was the name of my primary school pen-pal & a character in a book I was reading at that time. I am now in my 30's & still love it. Unfortunately I told everyone that, and my brother & his girlfriend swooped in and used a name so similar, that I it rendered Lila unusable (even after I told them 3 weeks before birth when they wouldn't tell their names "I don't mind what you name your baby as long as you don't take our girl's name, Lila". They called their baby Lola) To me this name is so pretty, elegant and feminine. I imagine it to belong to a strong, sleek, smart, dark-haired girl. I wish we could still use this beautiful name for our own child.
Espy  4/14/2015
I would see LILA and pronounce it LIE-LA not LEE-LA. My little girl's name is LIE-LA but its spelt Lyla as I thought so many people would call her Leela if they saw it written the other way... she does however get called LAYLA which really irritates me! Here in the UK Lyla is not a popular name, in fact I've yet to meet another Lyla and people are always commenting on what a pretty name it is and how they have never heard it. I originally always wanted to name my daughter Lily, but since hubby's cousin is called lily I had to change it!
pgcharlie  5/10/2015
My name is Lila (lie/la) I hated my name as a child. I never knew anyone with my name, and teachers rarely, if ever, pronounced it correctly (Lee/la, lilly/a, lil/a) and some I have no idea how they came up with that p pronunciation. It's four letters how hard can it be? As I've gotten older I've grown to like the uniqueness of my name, although I've grown to accept that people will always mispronounce my name and it's my job to correct them, and people will always have trouble remembering it correctly.
Oakm253  4/28/2016
Lila is a cute name with both Lee Lah or Lay Lah soundings, but in Europe it would be pronounced Leelah, so Lyla spelling would avoid confusions, I prefer Leelah, sounds girly and bubbly.
Lilactivated  3/6/2017
Lye-la - shade of purple, flower short for (lilac) female version of Lyles meaning(Island) I'm Scottish. Lee-la is the eastern form which means night, dark hair (Arabic) closest meaning in English is (play) in hindu.
People get it mixed up. My Husband is hindu and he didn't even assume to say it Ly-la because in his religion (Leela) is Lord Ramas' wife, Lyla doesn't exist in the culture.
So basically, Lyla is the American/northern European name
And Leela is the middle eastern version.
I loved the name Lyla at first, but when I found out more of the history of the names and which had a clearer background I chose Leela- both are beautiful though.
Kristin.c1  8/11/2017
In America this spelling produces the pronunciation LIE-LA. This is a very pretty, feminine name. I'm partial to the spelling Lilah. Spelled either way it is a lovely name.
― Anonymous User  2/11/2018
My name is Lila pronounced LIE-LA. I used to not like my name because teachers always got it wrong when they said it for the first time and because I could not find it anywhere in gift shops at the name plate section. I love it now because it is very unique.
Lilalicious  3/16/2018
Pretty Persian name.
leah123  3/25/2018

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