Leila (name)

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"Leyla" redirects here. For the village in Iran, see Leyla, Iran.
Gender Female
Word/name Hebrew language
Meaning "Dusk"/ "Night"
Region of origin Israel
Other names
Related names Lila

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Leila (Hebrew: לילה‎) (Arabic: ليلى‎) is a feminine given name in the Hebrew and Arabic languages.

Leila is the Hebrew and Arabic word for "night", laylah (לילה). The identification of the word "night" as the name of an angel originates with the interpretation of "Rabbi Yochanan" (possibly Yochanan ben Zakkai, c. 30–90 AD) who read "At night [Abraham] and his servants deployed against them and defeated them” (Genesis 14.14, JPS) as "by [an angel called] night" (Sanhedrin 96a).

The story of Qays and Layla or Layla and Majnun became a popular romance in medieval Iran,[1] and use of the name spread accordingly; it gained popularity further afield in the Muslim World, among the Arabs, Turkic peoples and in the Balkans and India.

The name has also acquired a following in the English-speaking world, especially after the 1970 hit song "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos, the title of which may have been inspired by the medieval romance.[1]

Variant spellings include Laela, Laelah, Laila, Layla, Leïla, Leighla, Lejla and Leyla.

In the Nordic countries, Laila or Lajla (pronounced lie-lah) is derived from the Sami name Láilá, the Sami variant of Helga which means holy.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Layla, Behind the Name. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  2. ^ Láilá, Behind the Name. Retrieved 12 January 2012.