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Quick Facts on Lyla

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Arabic, Hebrew, Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 153
Simple meaning:
Island girl, dark beauty, or one who weakens another

Characteristics of Lyla

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Lyla

The name Lyla has three possible and quite disparate etymological origins. The first and most commonly considered is that Lyla developed as a feminine twist on the Scottish surname Lyle. Lyle comes from the Anglo-Norman word “l’isle” meaning ‘island.’ Therefore, Lyla has come to mean ‘island girl.’ The other origin is from the Arabic name Leila which means “night.” By using Leila as a given name (in the convention of indicating the quality or character of the daughter), it has come to mean “dark beauty” or “one who was born at night.” Lastly, Lyla could be considered a pet form for the Hebrew name Delilah (Samson’s mistress in the Bible) which means ‘one who weakened or impoverished another.’ This is in reference to the story of Samson and Delilah whereby she betrays him by cutting off his hair while he is asleep (his hair was the source of his strength). It’s not clear where or when the name Lyla came into use.

Popularity of the Name Lyla

In the United States Lyla has been in use since before the turn of the 20th century (more than 100 years ago). It shows up on the American popularity charts very sporadically and at low levels of usage until the mid-1940s. After that, the name disappears completely from the charts for 60 years, apparently destined into obscurity. But wait. In the year 2005, Lyla rears her lovely face again on the charts. This time, she comes back with a vengeance. The name makes some serious leaps and bounds on the charts in five short years (about 850 positions up the list of most commonly used girl’s names). Her dizzying and triumphant return to the charts is clearly mimicking the other Comeback Kids in the “L” category of names: Lily, Layla, Leila and Lydia. It’s dainty, it’s pretty and it’s loaded with antique charm. Lyla is easily spelled, easily spoken and an all-around lovely name. Even though the name could have Scottish, Arabic or Hebrew origins, it still does not feel markedly ethnic in any way. This is a name on an “island” by itself.
Popularity of the Girl Name Lyla
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lyla

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Lyla

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lyla

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

  • Popular Songs on Lyla

    Popular Songs on Lyla

    Lyla - a song by Oasis

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Lyla

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Lyla

    The Legend of Lyla the Lovesick Ladybug (Joe Troiano) - The Legend of Lyla the Lovesick Ladybug attempts to tackle the question of love. Lyla, a half-girl/half-ladybug, feels lonely because she doesn’t have any spots like the other ladybugs and the flower that she takes care of is imperfect like her. Lyla begins thinking about the definition of love and goes on a quest where she asks other insects in the greenhouse what they think it is. A lovely story. Recommended for ages 3-5.

  • Famous People Named Lyla

    Famous People Named Lyla

    Famous People Named Lyla - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Lyla.

  • Children of Famous People Named Lyla

    Children of Famous People Named Lyla

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Lyla - Lisa Loeb (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Lyla - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Lyla

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. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Lyla

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