Girl Baby Name

Laylah

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Quick Facts on Laylah

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • American, Arabic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 627
Pronunciation:
LAY-la
Simple meaning:
Night; dark beauty

Characteristics of Laylah

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Laylah

Laylah is a slightly more fancy form of Layla. Many parents like to tack on that extra “h” at the end for the added flash and flair. Both Layla and Laylah originate from the Arabic female name Leila; in Arabic, “leila” means “night, nocturnal.” In Arabic the names looks like ليلى and has variously been transliterated as Leila, Laila, Leyla and Layla. In the Arab world, this name has a long tradition of being used for baby daughters born at night. It has also come to imply “dark beauty” in reference to the baby’s dark features and/or complexion. Usage of Leila dates back to the Middle Ages mainly inspired by a true Arabian legend of “Qays and Layla” – a romantic tale of unrequited love. In the story, Qays and Layla are two young virgins who fall deeply in love. The outward display of Qays affection, replete with gushing love poetry, caused a titillating scandal within their tribal community. Layla’s father came to regard Qays as a madman and so denied his request for Layla’s hand in marriage (Layla was also kept from seeing Qays). Heartbroken and inconsolable, Qays fled the community and wondered around the wilderness alone chanting his love songs to his lost love Layla. In the end, he succumbed to madness and then death. Eric Clapton learned of this medieval Arabian love story from a friend which inspired him to write the lyrics and music to his iconic song “Layla” (1972). This is essentially how the name was introduced to the English-speaking Western World. Laylah with an “h” was recently coined as an alternate spelling in the U.S.

Popularity of the Name Laylah

Laylah was first introduced to the charts in 2008 and has since climbed a few hundred positions to reach levels of fairly low usage. Layla (without the “h”) on the other hand is a top female name choice in America today. Laylah came right on the heels of Layla’s recent success as a slight variation to an already trendy name. If you take all the different transliterated spellings of this old Arabic girl’s name then you’ll find a name bestowed on over 10,000 baby girls annually. That makes this name quite a bit more popular than first meets the eye. But if you are just looking for a different spelling, then you might like to know that only about 400 girls are named Laylah per year. Many parents believe that extra “h” gives simple old Layla some additional panache.
Popularity of the Girl Name Laylah
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Laylah

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    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Laylah

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  • Popular Songs on Laylah

    Popular Songs on Laylah

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  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Laylah

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  • Famous People Named Laylah

    Famous People Named Laylah

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  • Children of Famous People Named Laylah

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Personality of the Girl Name Laylah

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. 

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