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What's the consensus on Layla?

(42 Posts)
mumtojust3whippetsuntilnow Sat 05-Sep-09 15:00:36

I really like Layla if it's to be a girl... good, bad or indifferent?

millenniumfalcon Sat 05-Sep-09 15:01:25

i predict consensus = bad

MaggieVirgo Sat 05-Sep-09 15:03:45

I prefer Leila

APart from that, I think that we have reached supersaturation for names like Leila, Layla, Lila, Lyla, Lily, Lilia

MaggieVirgo Sat 05-Sep-09 15:04:12

and Lola, I forgot Lola.

reikizen Sat 05-Sep-09 15:04:50

It makes me want to sing the rest of the song.

boodleboot Sat 05-Sep-09 16:20:31

i really dislike this name....every layla i have met has been very 'chavvy'....this has coloured the name for me....

BerylCole Sat 05-Sep-09 16:21:12

Leila is nice. Layla - nah.

Ondine Sat 05-Sep-09 16:25:52

I agree Leila is nice. Layla is not.

Firawla Sat 05-Sep-09 16:55:28

I like it, i think the spelling Layla is much better

choosyfloosy Sat 05-Sep-09 16:58:06

There's a Leila in ds's class which I do prefer as a spelling. I have to say my only reaction to your spelling is to howl like Eric Clapton. However, only older people will have this reaction presumably.

KnickersandVests Sat 05-Sep-09 17:15:44

It's a bit dull.

Nothing wrong with it other than there are plenty of them around already and she'll also never have anyone say to her "what a lovely name you have" but she may often get the Clapton song sung to her.

GoldenSnitch Sat 05-Sep-09 17:22:31

My sister is called Leilah.

She hates the Eric Clapton song.

But she is lovely and so I love the name grin

LaurieFairyCake Sat 05-Sep-09 17:27:23

Neighboursn dog called Layla so I wouldn't

but you could grin

mumtojust3whippetsuntilnow Sun 06-Sep-09 13:31:20

ha yes LaurieFairyCake I think I would be put off if I knew a dog with the name!

I don't think there's many round here, I certainly don't know of any (but then I don't know that many children so I'll ask my friend who's a teacher just to be sure). Just checked the stats and it's not even in the top 80 names for the last recorded year (2007).

I do prefer the Layla spelling - the Leila spelling seems more Arabic, and we have no Arabic connections, so I'd prefer to use the (what I feel is a) more Western version.

I also like that the name has a song - it's not a bad song, and I always liked having my name in a song when I was younger!

mumtojust3whippetsuntilnow Sun 06-Sep-09 13:33:15

Oops, no it's no. 67 in 2008.

MamaLazarou Sun 06-Sep-09 19:00:16

It's all right, nothing to write home about. I prefer the spelling 'Leila'.

ilovesprouts Mon 07-Sep-09 22:07:10

my pals dd is going to call her baby layla-jo i like it

MrsWuh Tue 08-Sep-09 14:02:21

I know a Laila - she's a really sweet, polite little girl and not chavvy at all. I quite like it.

ObsidianBlackbirdMcNight Tue 08-Sep-09 16:45:48

I was going to have Laila if DS had been a girl. Still might in the future although it is very common. I love it. (DH is arab tho)

Boodlerpoop Tue 08-Sep-09 20:50:42

Layla was my girls name it

MrsJamesMartin Tue 08-Sep-09 20:53:34

My v biased opinion is that its the best name for a girl wink

I only know one more who is in her twenties so its popularity will depend on where you are.

clairebear88 Wed 09-Sep-09 19:39:04

love it love it love it but cant have it as rhymes with my surname sad

MrsBadger Wed 09-Sep-09 19:57:12

Leila much better - it may be 'more arabic' but it's an Arabic-origin name ffs

Using Layla because 'it's more western' is like saying Phoebe is 'too greek' and spelling it Feebee.

or that Louise is too French and it should be Looweeze

chocolatefudgebrownie Wed 09-Sep-09 20:03:48

Leila is a great name. My dd's name, so I'm biased! My dh is Arab, hence the spelling. I used to play the eric Clapton song to her when she was born. She liked it, I think!?
It's not a chavvy name at all. angry

anniemac Wed 09-Sep-09 20:46:41

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