Name: Layla

Origin and Meaning of the Name Layla

  • Meaning:
    Dark beauty
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  • Meaning:
    Dark beauty
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  • Meaning:
    Born at night
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    (LAY lah)
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    African, English and Swahili speaking countries
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    In Persian and Arabic poetry, Layla was a beautiful girl with whom the poet Majnun fell in love. When Majnun asked for her hand in marriage, Layla's father refused to give his permission to the match. Layla was married off to another man and later died. Majnun's love for Layla eventually drove him mad - indeed, the name Majnun means "madness" or "madman." "Layla" is also the title of a well-known song by Eric Clapton which is based on the story of Layla and Majnun.

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