The name can have several different etymologies, in Sanskrit it is derived from the word  लीला (lilá) meaning, “play; amusement; sport.” In Hinduisim, lila is used to describe how the Universe is a playground for the Gods.

In English it could be an abbreviated form of Delilah, sometimes also spelled Lilah.

In German, Finnish, French and Spanish, it may be taken directly for the word for purple or lilac.

Currently, Lila is the 105th most popular female name in France and the 155th most popular in the United States. In English it is pronounced (LIE-lah) but in all other languages (LEE-lah).




Gender: Feminine
Origin: Native American Algonquin
Meaning: “frolicsom; wanton; she is playful.”
Pronunciation: (po-kuh-HAHN-tus)

    Pocahantas was a woman of many names, contrary to popular belief, Pocahantas was her childhood name, as an adult, her tribe gave her the names of Matoaka/Matoika and Amonute. When she converted to Christianity and married the Englishman John Rolfe, she chose the name Rebecca as her “English” Christian name.

    Pocahantas was born around 1595, and was the daughter of the famous Indian chieftan, Powhatan. She is known for her legendary encounter with John Smith.

    There is a county in her homeland of West Virginia, named for her.

    Though a sort of legendary heroine in American history, there has been no further records indicating usage of Pocahantas as a first name. With the sudden surge of popularity as such names as, Americus, Dakota, Daytona, Tacoma and Cheyenne, this name might make a far more substantial and legitimate alternative.

    However, you might be wondering how to get a good nickname out of this one, possible cute nicknames are Po, Pokey Tuss or Hanti (HAHN-tee).