The name Layla has a beautiful, poetic ring to it, and understandably, you long to pair it with an equally stunning name that will stand the test of time for your little girl. Sounds simple enough, right?
We don’t envy your task, but we hope to make it simpler with our 200+ suggestions for middle names.
Get inspired with our pick of one, two, and three-syllable middle names for little Layla plus unique suggestions, tips for choosing the right middle name, and more.
Layla Name Meaning
Layla is a delightful, beguiling name with multiple meanings. It originates from the ancient Arabic word Leila meaning “night” and “dark” and shares a similar meaning in Hebrew.
In African culture, the name Layla denotes “dark beauty” and also means “born at night,” and in some interpretations of the Jewish holy book The Talmud, the name written as Lailah is said to be an angel.
Owing to an Arabian legend about the unrequited romance between the figures Qays and Layla, the name has remained popular for centuries, especially since the story was re-told in the 12th century by Persian poet Nezami Ganjavi.
One-Syllable Middle Names for Layla
Two-Syllable Middle Names for Layla
Three-Syllable Middle Names for Layla
Unique Middle Names for Layla
Guide To Choosing a Middle Name
While the decision is yours and yours alone, here are some tips to guide you along the way.
Decide Whether You Prefer Traditional or Contrasting Names
If you love the flow of traditional names together, for example “Anne Marie (Surname),” then it may be your preference to pair a conservative middle name with your classic first name.
Then again, if you prefer to mix things up for your baby’s name, a modern middle name with a traditional first name may be more appealing, i.e., Elizabeth Jet or Catherine Nova, or vice versa.
Consider how it flows for you, and sound out/write down full name suggestions to get a good feel for them.
Research Meanings and Possible Connotations
Before you and your partner fall head over heels for a middle name, be sure to Google its meanings and whether there are any inappropriate or negative connotations that could be drawn from the name.
Pay Homage to a Loved One
If you’re really stumped for a middle name, an easy idea can be to honor a late friend or family member (or a living one).
Many opt to choose one of their parents’ names or middle names, but the name could be anyone of personal importance to you or your partner.
Although the personal connection and meaning may be diluted, you could even look far back in your family tree to find middle name inspiration and bring a vintage family name back to life!
What To Avoid When Naming Your Child
Choosing a name is a big decision, and to help steer you in the right direction, we rounded up the biggest mistakes people tend to make so you’ll know what to avoid.
At the end of the day, you want to choose a name you love and that resonates with you, so don’t make the decision lightly by leaving it up to your partner or a random name generator — you’ll regret not playing a more active part in it.
Don’t Tell Others
If your chosen baby name is dear to your heart and there’s no going back, one of the worst things you can do is to share the name with people too early.
If you wait until the birth to tell friends and relatives, then they may be less inclined to pass judgment, and you won’t feel encumbered with a name that feels tainted because it doesn’t have your family’s stamp of approval.
Don’t Fall for Celebrity Baby Trends
Celebrity baby names can certainly veer from the ordinary, and while uniqueness is a good thing, these names tend to be kooky to the point that they become caricature-ish.
Think about the longevity of names like “Pilot Inspektor” when they go for job interviews (we’re not kidding) or the risk that your child could share a name with a washed-up child star or worse, a high-profile criminal!
As you can see, there’s an impressive array of middle names that go perfectly with the name Layla from short and punchy one-syllable suggestions to melodic three-syllable middle names (and some quite unusual ideas for those feeling a little bold!).
Whether you stick with Layla or return to the baby-naming drawing board, be sure to keep certain things in mind when naming your child.
Do the first and middle names flow well with your last name? What are their individual meanings?
And most importantly — are you choosing a name that has a special resonance with you and your partner or are you feeling pressured by others and influenced by celebrity fads?
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