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QUICK FACTS ON Kayla

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: African-American, American, Celtic, Gaelic, Hebrew, Irish
  • Popularity: 12
  • Simple Meaning: Not exactly known (read on!)

CHARACTERISTICS OF Kayla

Adventurous
Flexible
Creative
Quick-thinking
Explorer

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PERSONALITY OF THE PERSON NAMED Kayla

If your name is Kayla, you love meeting new people and experiences. You especially love traveling and are willing to make changes in order to feed this desire for experiencing new people, places, and things. You are quick-thinking and creative. Your positive energy naturally attracts those around you. You are an adventurer and a risk-taker, never afraid to try new things.

Though you may sometimes feel self-conscious and a lack of confidence, you generally appear confident and positive to others. You enjoy life and job opportunities that give you a chance to express your creative nature rather than doing the same boring thing over and over.

HISTORICAL ORIGIN – Kayla

The name Kayla is a relatively recently American-invented name, and truth be told, no one is one hundred percent sure from where it originates, though there are a number of theories:

It could come from a combination of the addition of the popular girl name suffix “la” to the name Kay (which is a short form of Katherine and of many other names starting with the letter K). It could be a shortened version of the Hebrew name Michaela, which is the feminine version of the name Michael. Or it could be of Arabic origins, meaning “wise child.”

POPULARITY OF THE NAME Kayla

The first time Kayla appeared on the United States list of most popular names was 1959. In 1981, it was at position 581, but it dropped dramatically in just one year to #133 in 1982. Not surprisingly, the American soap opera “Days of Our Lives” introduced a much-loved character Kayla Brady in 1982, and American parents just couldn’t resist. This is not an uncommon phenomenon in American naming trends. By the late 1980s, Kayla was a Top 30 choice, and it continued to grow until just recently. In 2009, the form Kaylee overtook Kayla in popularity in the U.S.

FAMOUS PEOPLE NAMED Kayla

Kayla Ewell is an American actress best known for her roles as Caitlin Ramirez on the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” and as Vicki Donovan on CW's “The Vampire Diaries.” Other famous Kaylas include romance authors Kayla Gray and Kayla Perrin and Sirius radio DJ known simply as “Kayla.”

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