Charmingly old-fashioned names are having their day and Lila is no exception. It’s truly a multicultural name with Persian, English, French Sanskrit, and Latin origins, so pick the meaning you like from “dark-haired beauty” to “island,” and run with it. Just know that Lila is at the peak of its popularity in recent years, so yours probably won’t be the only one.


  • english: A pet form of Lilian or Delilah; from the island
  • latin: Lily
  • persian: Dark-haired beauty
  • sanskrit: Divine play, sport

Alternative Spellings

Syllables: 2

Famous Namesakes:

Writer Lila Mehta, Artist Lila Shelby

Celebrity Babies:

Daughter of Kate Moss, Daughter of Mark Feuerstein