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Updated May 24, 2023

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Arabic : Dark as the night
  • French : From the island

What does Lyla mean and stand for?

The name Lyla is of Arabic origin and means "night." It is a variation of the Arabic names Lila and Leila, meaning the same thing.

Syllables: 2

Girl name variations

How Popular Is The Name Lyla

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Lyla has been consistently popular, remaining in the top 150 since 2014, making quite the jump since first appearing on SSA charts in 2005 at 865. In 2019, Lyla officially broke into the top 120 for the first time and has been increasing since.

However, it is the 2nd most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Lyla was at its peak popularity in July 2016.

Lyla is the more modern spelling of Lila, which has been falling in popularity. Recently, Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt named their daughter using the new variation. Other celebrities preceding this choice include actor Joe Absolom, actress Cynthia Geary, singer Lisa Loeb, football player Cortland Finnegan, and actor Owen Wilson. Some notable namesakes are singer Lyla Foy (aka WALL) and Canadian actress Lyla Porter. Lyla is also a popular choice for character names, appearing in Friday Night Lights, Superman, August Rush, Arrow, and Sons of Anarchy.

Where is it Popular?

Lyla was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Lyla

  • Lala
  • Lyle
  • Lye

Pairs well with these middle names



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