[ 2 syll. lay-la, la-yla ] The baby girl name Layla is pronounced as LEY-Lah in English †. Layla is primarily used in Arabic and English. Its language of origin is Arabic. It is derived literally from the word 'layla' with the meaning intoxication, wine. The name was popularized in the Arabic world by the classical 7th century Middle Eastern love story, Layla and Majnun. Among English speakers, the name later enjoyed a boost in popularity from the Eric Clapton classic love song Layla (1970), inspired by his then-unrequited love for George Harrison's wife Pattie Boyd, who later married Clapton; the title of the song was itself inspired from the Middle Eastern love story.
Layla has 25 forms that are used in English and other languages. English forms of Layla include Laela, Lailah, Laily, Laleh, Lallie, Laylah, Laylee, Layli, Laylia, Laylie, Laylle, Leela, Leilia, Lela, and Lila. Other English forms include the spelling variants Laila (also used in Arabic, German, and Iranian), Leila (also used in Arabic, German, and Iranian), Leilah (also used in Arabic, German, and Iranian), Lelah, Lilah, and Lyla. Forms used in other languages include the Czech Lala, the Slavic Lejla, and the Greek Lelia. The spelling variant Leyla (Turkish) is another foreign form.
Layla is very popular as a baby girl name, and it is also perceived as trendy. The name has been increasing in popularity since the 1990s. At the modest height of its usage in 2012, 0.324% of baby girls were named Layla. It was #31 in rank then. Within all girl names in its family, Layla was the most popular in 2012. Layla was thrice as popular as the 2nd most popular name, Laila, in that year.
† Pronunciation for Layla: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"