Quick Facts on Lailah
- Arabic, Hebrew
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LAY-lah; LEE-lah, LIE-lah
Night, Dark beauty
Characteristics of Lailah
Etymology & Historical Origin - Lailah
Lailah is a more elaborate version of Laila which was likely inspired by Layla (Leila). Ultimately Arabic in origin, “leila/laylah” means “night.” Arabs would use this name for their daughters in the convention of describing the quality or character of the baby; as such it has come to mean “dark beauty” or “one who was born at night.” The name has been in use since medieval times inspired by the true Arabian legend of “Qays and Layla” – a story of unrequited love. These young virgin lovers fell so deeply in love that they were barely able to contain their devotion. Causing quite the scandal in their community, Quys was instantly denied Layla’s hand in marriage and kept from seeing her. As a result, he fled the tribe, wandered in the wilderness chanting love poems about his darling Layla, and eventually descended into madness before finally succumbing to death. Originally an Arab/Muslim name, Leila (and its variants such as Layla and Laila) has acquired currency in both the English-speaking world and the Nordic nations in particular. It is more commonly thought of as an internationally adopted name at this point as evidenced by the growing number of spelling variations: Layla, Laila, Laylah and Lailah for instance. The variant of Leila is perhaps the oldest in the English-speaking world, introduced by Lord Byron in the early 19th century as a character in his poems “The Giaour” (1813) and “Don Juan” (1819). In some Hebrew translations, Lailah is an angel of night appointed to assist Abraham (also sharing her name with the Hebrew word for night, לילה). In other Jewish folklore, Lailah is the opposite of Lilith (the “night owl”); Lailah selects the newborn souls of babies from the Garden of Eden and delivers them into the womb of mothers. Just before they are born, she strikes the baby’s upper lip (philtrum) in order to erase all memory of creation. A maternal symbol, Lailah watches over the souls as a guardian angel.
Popularity of the Name Lailah
Lailah is new to the charts; the name only just appeared on America’s Top 1000 list for the first time in 2008. And no wonder. There are now ten different possible variations of this name (in order of popularity): Layla, Lyla, Laila, Leila, Lilah, Laylah, Lylah, Lailah, Leyla and Leilah. More than 15,000 baby girls born each year are given some version of this name right now. Collectively, that puts her on par with names like Emily, Abigail, Madison and Mia in today’s naming milieu. The amount of possible spellings and the questionable pronunciations (LAY, LEE or LIE-lah) creates some confusion. The “night” etymology shared by both Arabic and Hebrew languages conjures up both beauty and strength. Not to mention the legends surrounding this name have interesting depth of meaning.
Popularity of the Girl Name Lailah
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lailah
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lailah
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Popular Songs on Lailah
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Lailah
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Famous People Named Lailah
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Children of Famous People Named Lailah
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Lailah - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Girl Name Lailah
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Lailah