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Leila Rey is Judy Reyes' New Baby

Leila Rey is Judy Reyes' New Baby
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Following fast on the heels of the announcement that Lisa Loeb named her daughter Lyla Rose, we learn that Scrubs star Judy Reyes has welcomed a daughter named Leila Rey Valencia. According to People, she was born on November 27 and is the first child for Reyes and George Valencia. Both her first name and her middle name are hits.

Like Lyla, Leila derives from the Arabic word for dark beauty. It was the #226 most popular name in 2008 (4 places behind Lyla, #222). Unranked in 1996, the name Leila was in the top 500 by 2001.  It is especially popular in Hawaii.

The obvious recent popularity of the name is evidenced by the many versions that are ranked on the charts this year: Leilani, Laila, Lailah, Layla, Laylah, Leyla, Lila and Lilah are all ranked in the top 1000 despite being almost unused in the middle-late 90s. All My Children actor Cameron Mathison also has a daughter named Leila. The Leila spelling is sometimes pronounced Lay-la and sometimes pronounced Lee-la.

If this week is any indication, Leila/Lyla might be the next celebrity hit along the lines of Ava.

Rey is an unusual spelling of the name -- we suppose it was chosen to incorporate Reyes' last name, an alternative to including both parents' last names (as Lisa Loeb did). However, Ray is a popular middle name, chosen for sons by Tim Burton, Helena Bonham Carter, and Amanda Beard and for daughters by Jennie Garth, Dermot Mulroney, Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel, and Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke (as you can see in our Name Database). Rose, meanwhile, has served as a middle-name for 34 (!) celebrity babies.

What do you think of the name? Which variation of Leila is your favorite? Do you like Rose and Rey/Ray as middle names?



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December 4, 2009 12:29 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

The feminine "Rae" I am also seeing a lot as a middle name.

December 4, 2009 4:32 PM
By Bethany (not verified)

I'm not typically a fan of Rey (meaning King) for a girl, but in this case I find it a perfect nod to Judy's surname.

December 7, 2009 10:47 PM
By A Rose (not verified)

I like Rey like this, I've never seen it before and it's very appealing. My mn is Rose and I love it, so I'd have to go with that as my favorite. I like Leila, Laila, Layla (in that order) as preferred spellings of that name. I also like the LAY-la not LEE-la pron. Although "Layla" by Eric Clapton is amazing, I don't love that spelling. I've never seen Leyla before, but it looks really nice. I like Lila, Lyla, then Lilah for that name.

December 8, 2009 1:54 AM
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