It’s weird, not in a positive way.
nylonpanda  11/11/2019
Hi, my name is Twila. Growing up I disliked my name. As an adult I used my middle name Lynn. In the last few years I have been using Twila, my first name. My nickname has always been Twilight since 1985. My husband loves my name. I just hate it when people mispronounce it. I won't answer to anything but the proper pronunciation. I was told it was from the Sioux. Wherever it's from it's a name you have to own or hate. It's who I am now. Twila rules. My husband's nickname is Lone Wolf. So I say the wolf howls at twilight. If I find out the true origins I'll post on here. There is a Twila, Kentucky. It's a small town but I plan on going there in the future.
TwilaCleveland  9/14/2019
I'm happy to read that people have their own opinions about a name. Some of the names used in today's society really have me stumped. A child has to live with it, FOREVER! Dear parents, take some time and consideration in choosing a name. Twila is a fine name. Whatever the true meaning is, it's a name folks. Don't hate yourself if you are named it. I'm in a relationship with a woman named Twila and it fits her perfectly. She's sweet and attractive. After having a rough childhood and branching out after high school, she is a successful mother of two and an educator. Don't stomp on a name, try stomping on a fool that has zero consideration of naming their child.
Aveguy65  3/27/2019
Hi. I'm another Twyla. My mother was named Twila, after a Native American "bubble dancer" my grandfather saw before he married. LOL

I once ran into a camp where 4 Twila's were playing Scrabble together! They said one meaning was from the Welsh, meaning a double embroidery thread of two colors in one needle, symbolizing the mingling of Native American and Welsh backgrounds.

I also was teased about my name, e.g. Twilight Zone. As an adult, working as a nurse, I was called "Twinkle Toes", "Twilight", and even "Twerking Twyla"! I love my name. I also went by Twyla Sue in college.

Love my name -- especially as it reminds me of my mother.
tswerstein  2/2/2019
Do not name your child Twila. My real name is Twila Dawn and when I was a little girl I was teased ruthlessly about my name. I was called toilet. That had the biggest hand in ruining my chances at a self esteem. It is so low that when I make a mistake I refer to myself as the toilet, further ruining my self esteem. Please, for the love of God please do not do this to your children. Let the name die. It may not happen to everyone with that awful name but the point is it can and you don't want your child hating themselves like this because kids can be extremely cruel.
Foreverhated  12/24/2018
Beautiful and not tainted by Twilight.
kayisforkeen  10/3/2018
I have found the name Twila (pronounced Tw-eye-la) to be used across the country to name City/county parks. There is a park in a neighboring city called Twila Reed Park. I assume it is named after a person. Anyway, Twila is a nice name.
― Anonymous User  9/13/2018
I might be the only one who has added a comment that has ACTUAL VERIFICATION of the name’s origin.
The reason the name is listed as being derived from America and specifically from the 1800s is because it came from Sioux heritage (for those who have heard claims of “Indian” tales before, I hear your groans!).
Before the web, when parents chose the names of their children from regional and family associations, the name Twila was acquired from very specific boundaries, namely, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois—the central Missouri River basin (Sioux habitat). Never was the name associated with England or the New England states, or the eastern U.S. coastline. “Twila” or similar spellings, did not come from twilight, twine, twins, twi-et al, braiding (nonsense!), etc.
The name in Sioux meant two ponies: the spelling Twila or Twyla was probably written phonetically.
This information, with some research of my own, was provided to me by an older woman named Twila who was named after her grandmother’s Sioux Indian playmate (mid-1800s). Twila’s mother even took her to visit the old gravesite.
I was named Twila (1950) after my maternal aunt (born about 1908 in Kentucky). Her mother (my grandma) heard the name when she was a girl (late 1800s in Kentucky) and named her first daughter (my aunt) Twila before moving to central NC where the remainder of her 10 children were born.
If the historical documentation that I’ve provided here—with dates and regional boundaries—is not proof, then provide valid details of your own.
It’s a truly midwestern American name. I so regret that the name has been fabricated as being related to an English-sounding noun.
Twila Darden Wilson  5/23/2018
I have had the name Twila for my entire life, I am 45 and will be 46 in May, and I can tell you that I have been using the reference to Twilight long before it was a book or a series. Twilight is a reference to night and has been for centuries.
twilacook  1/25/2018
My name is Twila Dawn, I hate how everyone is always mispronouncing it, I will have people call me who say it wrong and I tell them they have the wrong number. I just hate it. I was named by my grandma- she had a good friend named Twila Dawn. So for me it's pride that I carry the name of someone who was dear to her.
TwilaB  1/23/2018
I always hated my name growing up---at times I still dislike it, because it is so unique. Yet at the same time, many of my customers ask about my name, and comment on how pretty it is. I have met three others with the same name, different spelling. Twyla, Twilla, and Twylla. And for the first time ever, I met another with the same spelling as mine, Twila.
TwilaK  2/19/2017
The name Twila or Twyla means "a strong twine that cannot be broken into two easily". It's a very beautiful and unique name though very uncommon in Ghana.
Twila_Ghana  1/3/2017
The name Twila was given to 22 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/14/2016
Twila or Twyla (English) as a name means "light in the darkness" which as you can guess, relates to twilight, {not the forsaken movies/books} which is the time when you can see light but the sun is bellow the horizon (during sunset or sunrise) which causes a semi-ethereal, or afterglow. I'm really proud of the name.
Twyla_Twila  8/31/2015
This is a very beautiful name! I think to avoid pronunciation errors it's best to use the spelling "Twyla" as some people may incorrectly say "Twill-a" or "Tweela" instead of "TWIE-lə".
― Anonymous User  10/26/2014
I don't know why, but this name sounds vaguely elvish to me, but only when pronounced "TWIL-la," as in rhyming with "trill."
Skygray15  11/28/2013
Twila has two meanings: yes, it's a variation of "twilight", but it also means "of three, one", referring to a braid.
Christian parents choose this name in reference of the "braided" family: father, mother, God.
discodubber  12/10/2012
My little sister's name is Twila Dawn. I always thought that was a good choice by my parents.
discodubber  12/10/2012
From Avatar The Last Airbender, the moon and ocean spirits, Twi and La.
redbedhead83  7/3/2010
It's a poetic and lovely name, but when people relate it to Twilight, it suddenly gets less beautiful. I agree: when people relate Twila to Twilight, it gets ruined.
Alstroemeria  5/4/2010
A strange name. It's not ugly though, just very weird.
Aureliano  2/28/2010
Beautiful name, I hate the fact it was ruined by Twilight. Hopefully when I have a daughter Twilight is long forgotten.
italiannames  12/13/2009
That sounds irritating.
Maybe you can go for Csilla? (pronounced CHEEL-la)? It sounds vaguely similar, and it also means "star".
Kerules  6/25/2009
To everyone who said "it was ruined by Twilight", thank you, I agree. :DDD
It's irritating when people ask me what I'm planning to name my first daughter (originally Twila, but I'm having second thoughts) and I tell them Twila, and they're just like "oh, like Twilight".
― Anonymous User  6/16/2009
Beautiful, but ruined by Twilight.
Kerules  5/24/2009
I've always love this name, but I hate that most people who hear it relate it to the series Twilight. Then they automatically think I love the books, not the name itself.
― Anonymous User  2/2/2009
Twila Beautiful Psycho Topaz-Cullen is the main character in the notoriously bad-written Twilight fanfic, "Twila The Girl Who Waz In Luv With A Vampyre".
CassandraNightingale  12/19/2008
I think Twila is a beautiful name. I once had a friend named Twila. Everyone used to pronounce it "twilla" while everyone who knew her pronounced it "twylla." Eventually she just started spelling it Twylla so people would hopefully pronounce it right. The substitute teachers always got it wrong.
Dark Whysper  8/8/2008
This name always reminds me of the series The Twilight Zone. Lol.
Honeyrose  9/23/2007
Twila Paris is a well known contemporary Christian songwriter, vocalist, and pianist.
biflucky  8/31/2006

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