Name for girl: Laila. Origins, meaning and curiosities

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Laila, name for girl

Laila is a variant of the female name Leila, and it is certainly not very common and original, a name with an exquisitely feminine and a little retro flavor. We discover in this guide the origin, the meaning, the curiosities of Laila name for baby girl.


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There are no saints who bear the name Laila and not even Leila, so she is adhespot. She can be celebrated on November 1st, All Saints' Day.

Varianti el paesene

  • Women: Leila

Foreign variants

  • English: Leyla, Layla
  • French: Laïla
  • Spanish: Laila

Origins and etymology of the name Laila

The name Laila originates from the Arabic word laylah, which means "night".

Meaning of the name Laila

In its origins, the term laylah means night, and the name can also be understood as "dark as the night ".

Spread of the name Laila

The name is extremely common in Middle East for several centuries, given its Arab origins. Layla bint Mahdi ibn Saʿd is the protagonist of a romantic story which in the Middle Ages was very popular in Persia and Arabia.

Laila appeared in Europe only in eighteenth century thanks to the works of Lord Byron (Il Giaurro and Don Giovanni) and to the opera The Pearl Fishers of Bizet of 1863.

To bring Leila to the village was, in 1910, the novel by Antonio Fogazzaro entitled Leila, based on the medieval fairy tale. As for the variant Laila began to be popular in the seventies thanks to the song Layla dei Derek and the Dominos.

Today Leila is widespread above all in the northern and central regions, but it remains a rare name: according to ISTAT data on the most common names in the country, in 1999 53 little girls were called Leila and in 2022 131, while Laila is even less widespread: in 1999 the absolute value was 41, while in 2022 it was 47.

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Personality of a little girl named Laila

Independent and equipped with a strong personality, Laila is often perceived as an ambitious woman with great self-confidence. She is not afraid of challenges and always pursues her goals.

If wounded in theesteem she will prove combative and aggressive, Laila is intuitive and creative, she knows how to adapt to various situations and is joyful and lively.

The search for success can take precedence over everything for Laila: Laila is distinguished by her acute intelligence, her confidence and determination which are peculiar traits of her character and the fascination she exerts on others.

Laila is a little individualistic, she can hardly trust others, it is demanding and does not tolerate mistakes. This her bossy approach to her may make her pass for a cold, haughty woman, but she is actually a very good friend, a devoted person she can be counted on.

Laila is emotional and she needs to be reassured: she is discreet, reserved but gifted with great communication skills.

What profession will Laila make? He can easily hold managerial and leadership positions, but thanks to his individualistic nature he will also be able to choose the free profession.

Zodiac sign

Laila's character traits are similar to those of Sagittarius: they both need constant control in both personal and professional life, they have a natural optimism and enthusiasm. They are also sincere, straightforward and very communicative.


Il yellow it is a symbol of openness, energy and dynamism and for this reason it is the color of Laila. Yellow refers to his joyful nature and stimulates creativity and enthusiasm to face the challenges of every day.

Precious stone

L'amethyst and l'ematite are Laila's birthstones: they promote life as a couple and create a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. These stones encourage Laila to be more conciliatory and wise.

Lucky number

Laila's number is undoubtedly there'1: symbol of will and ambition, as well as individualism.

Famous people named Laila

  • Laila Ali, American boxer
  • Laila Kinnunen, Finnish singer
  • Laila Lalami, Moroccan writer
  • Laila Robins, American actress
  • Laila Rouass, British actress
  • Laila Traby, French athlete

Song dedicated to Laila

Of course we chose to listen Layla by Derek and the Dominos, it is a real masterpeace in the history of rock.

What'll you do when you get lonely

And nobody's waiting by your side?

You've been running and hiding much too long

You know it's just your foolish pride

Layla, you've got me on my knees

Layla, I'm begging, darling please

Layla, darling won't you ease my worried mind

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