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Night, Dark beauty
Etymology & Historical Origin - Leyla
Leyla is a variant spelling of Leila and used primarily among Turks, Azerbaijanis and other ethnicities around the South Caucasus region. Leyla is an Arabic female name from “Leila/Layla” meaning “night, nocturnal” (ليلى). Arabs would often bestow this name on 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.” Leila, Leyla, and various other spellings have been in use since the Middle Ages, sometimes inspired by the true Arabian legend of “Qays and Layla” – a story of unrequited love. According to the story, two young virgins (Qays and Layla) fall truly, madly, deeply in love; so much so they were barely able to privately contain their affection. This caused quite the scandal in their community, and so Quys and Layla were eventually forbidden to see each other. Distraught and desperately love-sick, Qays 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 Leyla) has acquired currency in both the English-speaking world and the Nordic nations in particular. Eric Clapton had a lot to do with this thanks to his famous song “Layla” (inspired by the same Arabian tale). It’s an absolutely gorgeous name no matter how you decide to spell it.
Popularity of the Name Leyla
The Leyla spelling has only been around since 2005. The sudden appearance of this particular spelling (as well as all the others) can be attributed to the growing popularity of Layla. Today Layla is a Top 50 baby girl’s name nationwide. A stand-out name like this was almost begging to be respelled (American parents are most notorious for their compulsion to respell). The thing that’s tricky with Arabic names is that there are always several possible transcriptions of the name since our languages and alphabets are so dissimilar. All of these various spellings are perfectly reasonable. However, most people are likely going to spell the name Layla (the most common spelling in the United States). Leyla is currently the least favored. It really just comes down to preference.
Popularity of the Girl Name Leyla
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Leyla
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Leyla
Leyla We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Leyla.
Popular Songs on Leyla
Leyla - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Leyla.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Leyla
Leyla: The Black Tulip (Alev Lytle Croutier) - From the "Girls of Many Lands" series. Istanbul, 1720. How could this elegant girl possibly be me, the girl who had run wild in the Caucasus not so long ago? This girl in the looking glass resembled a Princess! With a grateful smile, I looked around at all the girls, all of whom also looked magnificent. Surely the Padishah would be pleased with such a harem! Life in the Topkapi Palace harem follows its own rules and rhythms, and twelve-year-old newcomer Leyla has much to learn about this hidden world of women. When she reveals her skills as a gardener, Leyla is assigned to work with the Mistress of the Flowers. In the harem gardens, Leyla secretly plants the tulip bulbs she brought from her home in the Caucasus Mountains - a reminder of the life she's left behind. If the bulbs are discovered, will there be trouble? Recommended for ages 10-14.
Famous People Named Leyla
Famous People Named Leyla - Leyla Achba (Ottoman Princess); Leyla Gencer (Turkish opera singer); Leyla Qasim (Kurdish martyr in Iraq); Leyla Mammadbeyova (aviation pioneer); Leyla Milani (Iranian-Canadian model/actress); Leyla Pınar (Turkish musician); Leyla Tuğutlu (Turkish beauty pageant contestant); Leyla Zana (Kurdish-Turkish activist and politician)
Children of Famous People Named Leyla
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Leyla - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Leyla.
Leyla - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Leyla - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Leyla.
Personality of the Girl Name Leyla
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Leyla