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Quick Facts on Shayla

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • African-American, American, English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 672
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Shayla

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Shayla

Shayla is a modern variant of Sheila. Sheila is the anglicized version of the Irish name Síle (pronounced SHEE-la) which in turn is the Gaelic equivalent to Cecilia. Cecilia comes from the Latin Caecilía which is the feminine form of the Old Roman family name Caecilius and comes from the Latin word “caecus” which means ‘blind’. It stems from a Roman mythological figure, Caeculus (‘little blind boy’), who was a son of Vulcan, god of fire. Legend has it that Caeculus was born of Vulcan’s spark, found on a hearth and raised among shepherds. The boy showed mastery over fire, but the smoke damaged his eyes which remained smaller than normal (hence his moniker: little blind one). The name Cecilia was mainly popularized during the middle ages, in homage to the 2nd century Saint Cecilia (Latin: Sancta Caecilia). Cecilia refused to worship the Roman gods during the reign of Marcus Aurelius, and so was martyred after being tortured, suffocated and finally beheaded. She is the patron saint of music and musicians because as she lay dying she was said to be singing to God. As with many early saints, Cecilia became quite legendary in the Middle Ages and so her name was bestowed upon children. The French brought Cécile to the English isles via the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Irish adopted the name as Síle which the English would later anglicize to Sheila. Shayla is a late 20th century development and probably most unique to the United States. The coinage of Shayla was also influenced by the popularity of Kayla. From this perspective, Shayla has no real meaning other than an invention to capture a desired sound.

Popularity of the Name Shayla

Shayla dates back to 1971 on the U.S. female naming charts. A relatively new coinage, Shayla is most likely an invented name in reaction to the growing popularity of names like Kayla, Layla and Jayla. Shayla took a while to find her legs, but by the 1980s, she was clearly on the way up the charts. The late 1990s mark the most popular years for this simple invention. Shayla has never achieved anything beyond moderate usage and it seems now that we’ve crossed the threshold into the 21st century she’s on her way back to obscurity. If you like these names that end in “-ayla”, then Shayla is probably the least trendy choice. It’s simple, original and pretty.
Popularity of the Girl Name Shayla
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Shayla

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Shayla

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Shayla

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

  • Popular Songs on Shayla

    Popular Songs on Shayla

    Shayla - a song by Blondie

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Shayla

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Shayla

    Shayla's Double Brown Baby Blues (Lori Aurelia Williams) - Shayla is feeling miserable because on her thirteenth birthday, her father's new wife gives birth to Gift, whom Shayla sees as a "replacement" for her. Yet she can't confide her feelings to anyone. She'd like to talk to her best friend. Kambia Elaine, who is now in a loving home and is finally on the road to happiness- but someone is sending Kambia evil messages and packages that threaten her sanity. And Shayla discovers that her new friend, Lemm, in who she is sort of interested, has problems of his own—but they don't compare to the secret that he is still keeping from Shayla. Recommended for ages 12-18.

    When Kambia Elaine Flew In From Neptune (Lori Aurelia Williams) - An ALA Best Book for Young Adults 2001. Shayla Dubois lives in a Houston neighborhood known as the Bottom, where life is colorful but never easy. She wants only two things out of life: to become a writer and to have a nice, peaceful home. Instead, her life has been turned upside down. Shayla's mama kicked her sister, Tia, out of the house for messing around with an older guy. And Shayla's father has been spending a lot of time at the house with mama. And there's her strange new neighbor, Kambia Elaine, who tells the most fantastic stories. Then Shayla begins to suspect that something is wrong. Recommended for ages 12-18.

  • Famous People Named Shayla

    Famous People Named Shayla

    Famous People Named Shayla - Shayla Worley (gymnast)

  • Children of Famous People Named Shayla

    Children of Famous People Named Shayla

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Shayla - Mary Lou Retton (Olympic gymnast)

  • Historic Figures

    Shayla - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Shayla

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Shayla

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