First name origins & meanings:

  1. Slavic: Tulip
  2. Hindi: Variety; beauty
  3. American: God is gracious
  4. African: Dark beauty; born at night

First name variations: Lai, Lali, Lalitah, Lalite, Lalitte, Lalita, Lashanda, Lasha, LaShanda, LaShounda, Lashonda, Laela, Laila, Laya, Laylah, Laylie, Leila, Layla

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Indian (northern states): Hindu name (Bania, Kayasth), from Hindi lālā, a term of respect, used especially for members of Vaisya and Kayasth communities; typically bankers, merchants, tradesmen, schoolmasters, and clerks. It is probably related to Lal.
  2. Southern Italian: from modern Greek Lalas; the frequency of the name in the parochial records of Piana degli Albanesi leads Caracausi to suggest it may have been taken to Italy by Albanian settlers.
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