Leila Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Leila:
Derived from the Arabic leila (night, dark beauty) or the Persian leila (dark-haired). Its use in England began with George Byon's poem "The Giaour" (1813).
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Lee, Lee-Lee, Lil, Lou, Leils, Lay-lay, La La
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I've read in various places that Leila means "night" or "dark beauty" in Persian
Hebrew name of Arabic origin, meaning "dark oriental beauty."
"Leila," said the Hebrew, when left alone with his daughter, "think not that it is for mine own safety that I stoop to this flight from thee..."
(Leila, Lytton, 1853)
Arabic name meaning "night." Said to sometimes be given to children born during the night.
"The name is not heathenish, it is Arabic," said Leila, solemnly.
"Oh, Arabic is very heathenish; but the name is pretty, and it means "night," which is associated with enjoyment to the natives of hot countries..."
(Golden Hours Whitfield Magazine, Wray, Jan. 1883)
Jami (or Djami), Mulla nur-ed-din Abd-ar-Rahman-ben-Ahmed
- Famous real-life people named Leila
Leila Arcieri - actress
Leila Bronia Josefowicz - violinist
Leila Kenzle - actress
Leila McKinnon - journalist
Leila Rey Valencia (b. 2009), daughter of American television actress Judy Reyes
- Leila in song, story & screen
"Layla" is a love song by Eric Clapton.
"Leila" is a country song released by ZZ Top in 1981. In the song, they pronounce the name as Lee-la.