Girl Baby Name

Lila

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Quick Facts on Lila

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Arabic, Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 192
Pronunciation:
LIE-la
Simple meaning:
Dark beauty, playful, or one who weakens another

Characteristics of Lila

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Lila

The name Lila is a simplified spelling of Leila, a name of Arabic origin meaning “night.” As a result, the usage of the name has come to mean “dark beauty” or “one who was born at night.” Lila is also another form of the Indian name Leela which in Sanskrit means ‘play, amorous sport’ derived from Lila/Leela, a Hindu philosophy recognizing the universe as a playground of the gods. On another note, Lila is sometimes considered a pet form of the Hebrew name Delilah (Samson’s mistress in the Bible) which means ‘one who weakened or impoverished another.’ In the story of Samson and Delilah, Delilah, one of the Bible’s few temptresses, betrays Samson by cutting off his hair while he is asleep. Since Samson’s hair was the source of his strength and power, Delilah is guilty of ‘weakening’ him hence her name. It’s not clear where or when the name Lila came into use but it’s clearly been adopted by many ethnicities, geographies, languages and religions. A truly universal name.

Popularity of the Name Lila

Lila is another example of sweet, old-fashioned girls’ names making a comeback (think Emma, Ava, Ella and Lily). At the turn of the 20th century (over 100 years ago), Lila enjoyed moderately high usage but as the decades persisted, the name slowly went out of fashion. In the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Lila is completely erased from our memories, and from the charts. The name makes a triumphant return in 1998 and quickly ascends the charts to not only reclaim her former glory, but to surpass it. In a little more than 10 years, the name advances over 800 positions. Today it is lingering ever-so-closer to a Top 100 spot on the charts and it’s already a top favorite in the Northeast, specifically Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut and Vermont. Lila is an elegant, more sophisticated alternative to the “cute” Lily. It’s a beautiful name by the very virtue of its simplicity and modesty. We also adore the “playfulness” of its Hindu etymology.
Popularity of the Girl Name Lila
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lila

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Lila

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lila

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

  • Popular Songs on Lila

    Popular Songs on Lila

    Lila - a song by Bright Eyes

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Lila

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Lila

    Alberto y Lila: Albert and Lila (Rafik Schami) - In this warmhearted picture book, two farmyard outcasts take solace in their taboo friendship when Lila, a chicken, cottons to Albert, a pig. "Schami's pleasant tone and gentle pace envelop a message about tolerance and shattering stereotypes.” Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Lila and the Secret of Rain (David Conway) - By following her grandfather’s instructions (climb the highest mountain and tell the sky the saddest thing you know), a small girl hopes to end the devastating drought in her Kenyan village. When she reaches the mountain peak, she recounts her own sad memories, but nothing changes. It’s only when she describes the loss the drought is bringing to her people that the “crying sky” lets loose a lightning storm and “tears of rain.” This is the poignant story of one child who saves her world. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Lila Pirate (Georgie Birkett) - "Ahoy there, Lila Pirate! / Ahoy to Lila's crew! / The Jolly Jake is setting sail… / There's lots of work to do!" Lila and her crew have set sail in search of treasure. Teddy is up in the crow's nest keeping watch, but when a sudden storm hits he falls from his perch and—shiver me timbers!—sinks beneath the waves. Luckily a friendly mermaid rescues him just in the nick of time, and everyone gathers to celebrate his return with a pirate party. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Lila y el secreto de los fuegos (Philip Pullman) - Ever since her childhood, spent watching her father in his workshop, Lila has shown a marked talent for pyrotechnics, even inventing her own fireworks with names like Tumbling Demons and Shimmering Coins. When Lila tells her father she'd like to become a master firework-maker, he's shocked. Firework-making is no job for a girl, he tells her. Nevertheless, Lila decides to run away to Mount Merapi, where every firework-maker must go to claim royal sulphur from Razvani the Fire-Fiend. Along the way, she meets pirates, wild animals, and supernatural beings until, at last, Lila must face the scariest obstacle of all: her own fear. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Lila's Little Dinosaur (Wolfram Hanel) - Seven-and-a-half-year-old Lila loves dinosaurs more than anything, so she is thrilled when she encounters a little dinosaur hiding out at a special exhibit put on by the National History Museum. It's not your typical dinosaur. Covered from head to toe with rainbow stripes, this compact dino, about the size of a dog, is a sight to behold--but only a sight for children's eyes. Lila takes her dinosaur home, and the usual antics ensue when a guest that parents can't see has to be accommodated. This predictable tale gets a shot in the arm from the spirited color illustrations on each page that should keep readers turning eagerly. Recommended for ages 6-10.

    Sweet Valley High Series (Francine Pascal) - This is a novel series created by Francine Pascal who presided over a team of ghostwriters for the duration of the series' creation which began in 1983. The series contains over 150 books. The storylines revolve around the lives of teenagers Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, twins who live in Sweet Valley, California. One of the series’ characters is Lila Fowler, Jessica's best friend and arch-rival. A "poor little rich girl" stereotype, she is also one of the wealthiest girls in town. Recommended for ages 12+

  • Famous People Named Lila

    Famous People Named Lila

    Famous People Named Lila - Lila Downs (Mexican singer); Lila Lee (actress); Lila McCann (country music singer); Lila Kedrova (French actress); Lila Bell Wallace (co-founder of the Reader's Digest)

  • Children of Famous People Named Lila

    Children of Famous People Named Lila

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Lila - Kate Moss (supermodel); Virginie Ledoyen (French actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Lila - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Lila

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 - Lila

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