Lela

First Name
42k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
147
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Lela mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Lela

"Lela" is a name of Spanish origin, and it means "Lofty". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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  1. A female given name, common in Georgia, meaning comes from a plant Scirpus (ლელი, ლელქაში)
  2. A female given name, possibly a variant of Leila.

Notable Persons Named Lela

Lela was born on June 13th, 1985 in Cape Coral, Florida.

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Lela Rochon is an actress. Her career lasted from 1984 to 1984. Lela was given the name Lela Rochon Staples on April 17th, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Lela Lee is a cartoonist / actress / writer and actor. She has had major accomplishments since 1994.

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They died on January 20th, 1877.

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Lela Ivey is an actress and actor. Lela was born on June 26th, 1958.

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How popular is the baby name Lela in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 106 106 0
1881 125 125 0
1882 143 143 0
1883 163 163 0
1884 213 213 0
1885 168 168 0
1886 235 230 5
1887 207 207 0
1888 292 292 0
1889 268 268 0
1890 304 304 0
1891 337 337 0
1892 353 353 0
1893 358 358 0
1894 413 413 0
1895 388 388 0
1896 425 425 0
1897 438 438 0
1898 459 459 0
1899 417 417 0
1900 530 530 0
1901 443 443 0
1902 459 459 0
1903 420 420 0
1904 431 431 0
1905 465 465 0
1906 447 447 0
1907 453 453 0
1908 411 411 0
1909 414 414 0
1910 469 469 0
1911 489 489 0
1912 523 523 0
1913 595 595 0
1914 647 647 0
1915 774 774 0
1916 888 888 0
1917 828 828 0
1918 902 896 6
1919 904 898 6
1920 878 878 0
1921 907 907 0
1922 872 865 7
1923 822 816 6
1924 863 863 0
1925 818 818 0
1926 721 721 0
1927 687 682 5
1928 664 658 6
1929 635 630 5
1930 591 586 5
1931 557 557 0
1932 504 504 0
1933 516 510 6
1934 471 466 5
1935 427 427 0
1936 407 407 0
1937 418 418 0
1938 389 383 6
1939 360 360 0
1940 335 335 0
1941 355 355 0
1942 370 370 0
1943 345 345 0
1944 328 328 0
1945 326 326 0
1946 301 301 0
1947 323 323 0
1948 323 323 0
1949 356 356 0
1950 266 266 0
1951 234 234 0
1952 270 270 0
1953 249 249 0
1954 249 249 0
1955 244 244 0
1956 238 238 0
1957 209 209 0
1958 217 217 0
1959 206 206 0
1960 169 169 0
1961 195 195 0
1962 165 165 0
1963 168 168 0
1964 166 166 0
1965 147 147 0
1966 126 126 0
1967 103 103 0
1968 133 133 0
1969 106 106 0
1970 132 132 0
1971 112 112 0
1972 106 106 0
1973 127 127 0
1974 101 101 0
1975 85 85 0
1976 93 93 0
1977 101 101 0
1978 105 105 0
1979 106 106 0
1980 82 82 0
1981 110 110 0
1982 92 92 0
1983 104 104 0
1984 90 90 0
1985 94 94 0
1986 75 75 0
1987 84 84 0
1988 66 66 0
1989 67 67 0
1990 76 76 0
1991 80 80 0
1992 56 56 0
1993 72 72 0
1994 52 52 0
1995 57 57 0
1996 76 76 0
1997 63 63 0
1998 63 63 0
1999 92 92 0
2000 118 118 0
2001 110 110 0
2002 106 106 0
2003 122 122 0
2004 134 134 0
2005 142 142 0
2006 152 152 0
2007 176 176 0
2008 157 157 0
2009 161 161 0
2010 145 145 0
2011 141 141 0
2012 175 175 0
2013 156 156 0
2014 151 151 0
2015 147 147 0
2016 148 148 0
2017 142 142 0

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Popularity of Lela as a first name

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Common last names for Lela

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Moore
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Jackson
  • Taylor
  • Harris
  • Martin
  • Anderson
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Hall
  • Young
  • Lewis

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lela U.S.
  White 78.23% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.76% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.40% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 9.52% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lela

People with the last name Lela are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Lela

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  • How Popular is the name Lela? Lela is the 1,118th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lela was the 118,185th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lela have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 42,235 babies born with the first name Lela in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lela to occupy the territory of Sint Maarten (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 37,429 (as of January 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lela? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 106 new born babies.
  • When was Lela first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lela is Wednesday, September 9th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Lela born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lela was in 1921 with a total of 907 babies.
  • Random Lela Factoid: According to the 1923 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lela ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Oklahoma. Imagine that, 63 babies in Oklahoma have the same name as you in 1923.
  • Weird things about the name Lela: Your name in reverse order is Alel. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Alel. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lela? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 147 people with the last name Lela.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lela? Lela is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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