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Baby Names:

Lyla

Meaning: lilac; playful

Origin: Persian; Sanskrit

Related names: Lyla, Lilah

If you love the name Delilah, but don’t want your daughter to be marked for life by the Plain White T’s song, try nickname Lila (or Lilah) as a full first. It’s a Persian name that means “lilac” and a Sanskrit one that means “playful” – and who doesn’t want a playful flower for a daughter? Lila was Top 250 material from the end of the 1800s through the mid-1930′s, then fell through the 1960′s and even dropped off the charts for years. Then when singer Lila McCann got famous in 1997, her first name came back … and has been on the rise ever since. Lila ranked #168 in 2009, and alternate Lyla beat it a bit at #152. If you want a nature-based classic, try Lilac.

By The Numbers

U.S. Rank by Year

2000: not ranked

2004: not ranked

2008: 222

Rank of Similar Names in 2008

Layla 55

Laylah 993

Leyla 772

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