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Updated February 8, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Arabic: Night
  • Hebrew: Dark beauty
  • African: Dark beauty; born at night
  • Arabic: Dark as the night

What does Layla mean and stand for?

The name Layla is derived from the name Leila, meaning "night." It was first used in Hebrew and Arabic, and became popular in the US with Eric Clapton's hit song by the same name.

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How Popular Is The Name Layla

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Popularity of the Name Layla 

According to Social Security Administration data, Layla has remained in the top 30 names for girls since 2013, rising from the top 100 in 2006.

However, it is the 60th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, Layla was at its peak popularity in April 2017.

Origin of the Name Layla 

Layla is a relatively new name in the US, but comes from the name Leila, meaning "night" in Hebrew and Arabic. However, Layla does have roots dating back to the 7th century in Arabia in romantic poetry. Most famously popularized by the Eric Clapton Derek and the Dominos song by the same name, Layla has also seen a rise in popularity due to the rise in popularity of a similar name, Kayla.

Where Is the Name Layla Popular?

Nicknames for Layla

  • Elle
  • L
  • Lae
  • Lala

Layla pairs well with these middle names

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