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Layla or Leila?

(22 Posts)
babyblabber Tue 18-Dec-12 13:05:13

Which is the more common spelling?

DH won't let me have Lola sad

LindtReindeerLover Tue 18-Dec-12 13:13:41

I know of someone who has a Layla, and Layla was also the Eric Clapton song. I associate Leila as being an eastern European/Russian spelling for some reason although I could be completely wrong! Not sure if that helps!?

KittyRocket Tue 18-Dec-12 13:19:11

yes, WSS ^^
It looks better as Layla. And its nicer than Lola!

LindtReindeerLover Tue 18-Dec-12 14:00:47

I like Lola but someone I know has called her cat Lola so it kind of put me off!

LondonElfInFestiveCheerBoots Tue 18-Dec-12 15:26:27

Leila is by far the nicer spelling imo, Layla reads and sounds a little cheap. Lola is cute but seems more like the name of a child not a woman iyswim.

MargeySimpson Tue 18-Dec-12 15:43:21

I read Leia as lee-la

OneLittleToddlingTerror Tue 18-Dec-12 22:22:27

I also read Leila as Lee-la. The name of the one eyed girl in futurama.

MadSleighLady Wed 19-Dec-12 09:54:22

I like both but would naturally spell it Leila. That happens to be the name of a shop near here and I've always that pronounced "lay-la" - hopefully correctly!

veiledsentiments Wed 19-Dec-12 10:03:14

We spell my daughters Laila, but pronounce layla.

doodlecrayon Wed 19-Dec-12 10:27:51

When it's translated from Persian, it's often Leyla. I believe this is a more usual spelling in Turkey too. I'd avoid the Eric Clapton spelling, if I were you, so go for Laila/Leyla. Agree with pp that Leila sometimes confused with Lee-la or Li-la.

Gwennan Wed 19-Dec-12 11:11:01

I like Layla but either is fine & both are so much nicer than Lola!

I know of a Laura who goes by Lola if that's something your DH might go for.

icovetthee Wed 19-Dec-12 11:14:16

I have a Layla after the Eric Clapton song. Leila is the more common spelling as its a predominantly Eastern European name.

salvadory Wed 19-Dec-12 11:19:27

Leila, much nicer in my opinion. I don't like it spelled Layla and would never have confused leila as lee-la.

FireOverBethlehem Wed 19-Dec-12 11:25:00

My gut reaction is that Layla is British / American and Leila is arabic.

I would presume that a Leila, before meeting her, was of middle Eastern heritage.

MysteryCat Wed 19-Dec-12 13:28:22

This is on my short list too and I had the same dilemma about the spelling. I think that Leila looks nicer but I once knew a Leila and people were always calling her Lee-la - when it should have been Lay-la. As to which is most common - I'm not sure, probably fairly equal, I would guess.

StellaNova Thu 20-Dec-12 10:25:00

I know a Leila who is pronouced Layla. I think both spellings are fine but slightly prefer the former (Leila).

I like the name very much, and always hear it in my head to the tune of the song. "Layyyyyyyy-la!"

elsabel Mon 31-Dec-12 22:28:54

I love this name and am considering it for my baby (if we have a girl as we dont know!) and am drawn the the spelling Leila, dont know why just think it looks nicer!

LynetteScavo Mon 31-Dec-12 22:41:01

I think Leila looks nicer.

I did know an American Leila who pronounced it Lie -la...but she has problems explaining it to people who thought it should be said Layla.

There are so many Lola's now, even though it's a lovely name, I think Leila is better.

StetsonsAreCool Mon 31-Dec-12 22:49:56

I knew a Layla, and she wasn't a classy girl, so unfortunately that spelling is ruined for me. Love the name though.

When I see Leila it reads as Lay-la, when I see Laila I read Lie-la.

I know a (grown up) Leila now, and she is as pretty and lovely as her name.

Clarano5 Fri 04-Jan-13 15:30:58

Leila definitely.

zenoushka Fri 04-Jan-13 16:16:15

Definitely Leila!

Swanlike Fri 04-Jan-13 16:22:08

Leila is a recurring name in my family - great aunts, aunts etc and has always been pronounced correctly as Lee-la. It's a persian name which means dark haired/night. I think Layla/Laila is a completely seperate name of Eastern European origin and the two shouldn't be confused.

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