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Heavenly flowers; Royal child
Characteristics of Leilani
Etymology & Historical Origin - Leilani
Leilani is a Hawaiian female name that translates to ‘heavenly flowers’ from the element “lani” (heaven, sky) and “lei” (flowers, garland). However, the name also translates to ‘royal child’ since “lani” not only signifies the heavens skyward, but it also means ‘high-born, royal, aristocrat’ and the imagery of the “lei” is often one of beloved children or sweethearts. As a Hawaiian name, Leilani is pretty much restricted to the Hawaiian Islands but has also spread to the mainland by way of increased interest in and admiration of Hawaiian culture. Hawaii became a state in 1959, but Protestant missionaries had come ashore long before that in 1820. In fact, Hawaii’s first encounter with the white man came in 1778 with arrival of Captain Cook during one of his many voyages. Prior to that, the ancient Hawaiian people had existed autonomously and peacefully for well over 1,000 years. Exposure to explorers, seafaring traders and missionaries really took its toll on Hawaii. The natives were introduced to new germs against which they had no immunities. Their culture and traditions were disrespected, exploited and considered barbaric by many outsiders. Interbreeding and forced immigration to support the growing pineapple and sugar trades all but changed the Hawaiian landscape forever. Fortunately, cultural pride and colorful traditions trumps past mistakes and thoughtless disregard. Hawaiian pride is alive and well.
Popularity of the Name Leilani
Although Leilani is ranked #268 nationwide, in Hawaii it's currently the 24th most popular girl’s name (2011). This beautiful name first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1937 suggesting Hawaii was influencing the mainland far before the islands became a state. Leilani did experience low popularity and pretty much fell on and off the charts for several decades. It’s not until the late 1990s that Leilani really started to show some more serious promise. The name advanced over 700 positions on the charts in 15 short years. Today, Leilani is still used in relative moderation, but her island-inspired exoticness is clearly appealing to more and more mainland parents. Who can blame them? This is one “heavenly” name. And coming from Hawaii gives it an added ‘da kine, brah’ coolness factor. Other popular Hawaiian names for girls still commonly used on the islands are: Kaia (sea); Mahina (moon), Māile (calm), Anuhea (mountain breeze, cool fragrance) and Nanea (fascinating, enjoyable, tranquil).
Popularity of the Girl Name Leilani
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Leilani
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Leilani
Leilani We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Leilani.
Popular Songs on Leilani
Sweet Leilani - a song sung by multiple artists such as Bing Crosby, George Kulokahai, Andy Williams and Marty Robbins
Children's Books on the Baby Name Leilani
Leilani - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character with the first name Leilani.
Famous People Named Leilani
Famous People Named Leilani - Leilani Bishop (model); Leilani Munter (racecar driver/stunt double)
Children of Famous People Named Leilani
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Leilani - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Leilani.
Leilani - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Leilani - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Leilani.
Personality of the Girl Name Leilani
The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done. They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.
Variations of the Baby Name - Leilani