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Gender: female
Pronunciation: KAY-lah
Meaning: who is like God?
Related Names: Cayla, Caylie, Jakayla, Kaela, Kaelah, Kaila, Kailah, Kathrine, Kay, Kaylah, Kayle, Kaylee, Kaylin, Kaylyn, Keila, Keyla, Mckayla, Michaela

Length: 5 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 0 0

Name: kayla Origin: Hebrew,,, English,, Meaning (no case): who is like god?

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The name Kayla may have several different origins.

  • Kayla may be a variation of the name Kay, a Welsh name meaning "full of joy" or "rejoicing."
  • Kayla may be a shortened form of the name Michaela, the feminine form of the Hebrew name Michael which means "who resembles God?".[1] To better fit with English phonetics, Michaela is sometimes spelled as Makayla or Mikayla, and Kayla is an easy nickname.[1]
  • Kayla may have derived from the name Katherine, a Greek name meaning "pure."[1] Katherine has almost 200 variant forms.[1]
  • Kayla may be an alternative spelling of the Yiddish name Kaila,[1] which traces back to the Hebrew Kelila, meaning "crown of laurel."[1]


In the United States, the name Kayla first appeared on the list of top 1000 most popular girls' names in the year 1959. The name hung around the lower ranks of the top 1000 until the late 1970s when it began to climb into the middle ranks. Popularity skyrocketed in the early 1980s, jumping from number 581 in 1981 to 133 in 1982. Popularity continued to increase, and Kayla has been a top 50 name since 1987. The increase in popularity in the 1980s may be related to the soap opera character Kayla Brady from Days of Our Lives who appeared on the show in the early 1980s. The name had already come into usage and was solidly in the 600 ranks during the 1970s, but this famous namesake may have been the cause of the spike in the 1980s.[1] The name Kayla was most popular in 1995 and 1996, when it ranked as the 11th most popular girl's name in the United States. In 2007, Kayla ranked at number 26.[1]

Kayla is also a popular name in Canada. It ranked highest as the 19th most popular girl's name in 1999,[1] and in 2006, it ranked at number 36.[1]

Kayla is a popular name in Australia. It ranked highest as the 20th most popular girl's name in 2000,[1] and in 2007, it ranked at number 67.[1] In New Zealand, it is equally popular, ranking highest at number 32 in 2001.[1]

Kayla has seen increased popularity in Scotland and Ireland in the early 21st century. In 2007, Kayla ranked as the 41st most popular girl's name in Scotland. In Ireland, Kayla ranked as highly as number 67 in 2005.[1]


  • The Kayla language is a now-extinct language once used by the Ethiopian Jews.[1]


Fictional Characters:

  • Kayla: Airheads
  • Kayla: Marvel Comics Presents
  • Kayla Gordon: Skater Boys
  • Kayla Brady Johnson: Days of Our Lives
  • Kayla Huntington: Desperate Housewives
  • Kayla West: Jett Jackson: The Movie


Author: Sarena Ulibarri


Facts about KaylaRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 5  +
Meaning who is like God?  +
Meaningnc who is like god?  +
Name kayla  +
Origin Hebrew  +, and English  +
Popularity 0  +
Pronunciation KAY-lah  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related Cayla  +, Caylie  +, Jakayla  +, Kaela  +, Kaelah  +, Kaila  +, Kailah  +, Kathrine  +, Kay  +, Kaylah  +, Kayle  +, Kaylee  +, Kaylin  +, Kaylyn  +, Keila  +, Keyla  +, Mckayla  +, and Michaela  +
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