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Quick Facts on Kayla

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • American, English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 95
Simple meaning:
Exact origin uncertain

Characteristics of Kayla

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Kayla

Kayla is a modern coinage and largely an American invention. The names Kayla, Kaylee, Kyla and Kylie are of such recent origin that it’s difficult to determine their true etymological sources for certain (particularly since they tend to occur in so many different spelling variations). For instance, Kayla could be considered a phonetically shortened version of the name Michaela (also: Makayla), the female form of the Hebrew name Michael which means "Who resembles God?” Perhaps Kayla was originally derived from the Yiddish “Kaila” from the Hebrew “kelila” meaning “crown of laurel” (a headpiece awarded for great academic, athletic or military achievements in ancient Greek and Rome). Then again, maybe Kayla was inspired by Irish-Gaelic female names such as Keelin or Keela (meaning slender and beautiful). Most likely, however, is that Kayla is merely the simple combination of attractive syllables; in this case, “Kay” + “-la”. The name essentially owes her popularity to a fictional soap-opera character named Kayla Brady from Days of Our Lives (during the 1980s). As a name for baby girls, Kayla has persisted in popularity for the past 30 years and has since spread to all other English-speaking nations. It’s currently most popular in Ireland, followed by Scotland, Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, the United States and England.

Popularity of the Name Kayla

The name Kayla first appeared on the U.S. female naming charts in 1959, so it's only been around for a couple generations. What’s impressive about the name Kayla, though, is her very dramatic jump from position #581 on the charts in 1981 to #133 in 1982. It just so happens that the highly popular “good girl” character Kayla Brady was introduced on the widely-viewed soap opera "Days of Our Lives" in 1982 (no coincidence here). Kayla is yet another example of the great influence pop-culture plays on American naming trends. By the late 1980s, Kayla was a Top 30 favorite baby girl's name nationwide. Although she has shown some downward trends in popularity in more recent years, Kayla is still a Top 100. A newer, slightly different variation of the name, Kaylee, is stealing most of her thunder.
Popularity of the Girl Name Kayla
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kayla

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Kayla

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kayla

    Kayla We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Kayla.

  • Popular Songs on Kayla

    Popular Songs on Kayla

    Kayla - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Kayla.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Kayla

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Kayla

    Cut & Color Paper Dolls: Kati and Kayla (Robbie Stillerman) - Children play fashion designer as they color and cut out clothes for this trendy pair of friends who love to swim, shop, dance, and go to slumber parties. Personalize these dolls and their wardrobes with a variety of color and design combinations. 2 dolls, each with 16 costumes. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Dance, Kayla! (Darwin McBeth Walton) - The most important things in the world to brown-skinned, green-eyed Kayla are her grandmother, dancing, and the hope that her dad will return. But all of them seem out of reach after the sudden death of Gran. Her grandfather thinks it's best to send Kayla away from the small farming community to live with her aunt and uncle's family in Chicago. The tribulations of adjusting to a new family and an urban environment are deftly handled in Walton's readable middle-grade story. Kayla makes new friends, handles new challenges, and pursues her dream of becoming a dancer. In the process, she also realizes that whether or not her errant dancer father returns, she is still very rich in family and self. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Kayla's a Big Girl Now (Mara Imbro) - Kayla is getting ready to start kindergarten and she is beginning to feel like a very big girl—especially when her mother tells her she's old enough to stay with her grandparents alone! But Kayla starts to feel a little scared and worried that her parents might miss her while she's gone. Join Kayla as she finds out what being a big girl really means. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Adventures of Kayla and Emma (Carrie M. Williams) - Kayla and Emma share their adventures with the reader. They are visited by their grandfather who rides a big motorcycle. They visit the zoo for the day. They spend time at the local fair. They go camping together. Kayla and Emma have some wonderful adventures and take their readers right along with them. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Kayla Chronicles (Sherri Winston) - Kayla and her best friend Rosalie have always viewed themselves as radical feminists warriors in the battle against society’s rampant mental and physical oppression of women. But now loud-mouth Rosalie wants laid-back Kayla to put her burgeoning investigative journalism skills to work by trying out for their school dance squad, The Lady Lions, and expose them for their shallowness. This is a sassy and outrageously funny story of a girl on the verge of discovering who she really is and what she stands for is. The book’s powerful message is that girls can be both feminine and feminist. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Kayla

    Famous People Named Kayla

    Famous People Named Kayla - Kayla (Sirius radio DJ); Kayla Ewell (actress); Kayla Gray (romance author); Kayla Perrin (romance author)

  • Children of Famous People Named Kayla

    Children of Famous People Named Kayla

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Kayla - We cannot find any popular celebrities or famous people who named their daughter Kayla.

  • Historic Figures

    Kayla - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Kayla - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Kayla.

Personality of the Girl Name Kayla

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Kayla

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