Ila is a female first name. In very rare cases it is also used for boys.
Ila is a well-known name in the US, but is still special. It is currently only given to every ten thousandth girl, and therefore ranks at 1,051 in the SmartGenius statistics. This means there are 1,050 girls names that are more common, but also tens of thousands that are much rarer. If you polled the whole US population – children, adults and seniors – you’d find less than one in 10,000 to be named Ila.
For more than 140 years, parents decide to name their daughter Ila annualy. This means that there have been girls named Ila who witnessed the first Labor Day parade in the U.S. or followed Albert Einstein's career. The name has 'always been there', but never ranked in the top 100, and thus women named Ila have consistently been special. A small flight of popularity was experienced by the name way back in the last century and in one particular year, parents liked Ila even more than any other time: in 1903, it holds its present record of #232 in the ranking of the most popular girls' names.
In years where the graph has no value, the name Ila was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.
Ila has never been ranked higher than #232. In 2021, she rivaled the 694 names that preceded her on the list. In total, 371 girls named Ila were born in that year. For comparison: 30 years earlier, in 1991, when possibly the parents of the now very young Ila were born, there have been 19 newborns who received this name.
You may not know anyone named Ila, but there’s a good chance you live in the same state as someone with that name. In fact, 38 states are home to women and girls named Ila. (To be fair, a given name is only included in a state’s official statistics if there are at least five people with that name living in that state – so it’s entirely possible that there are still a few women and girls named Ila living in one state or another. If your name is Ila and you live outside of the states highlighted on the map, please let us know so we can refine our statistics even further). And while the first name is present in many states, it is still not one of the popular ones. In Idaho, which has the most people named Ila relative to the population, you still have to ask 2,303 women and girls their names before you hear Ila as an answer just once.
Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter I is pretty rare as an initial letter for girls' names: only 1.7% of all common girls' names in the US begin with an I. The most common first letters of girls' names, by the way, are A, S and M, while U, X and Q are the least common initials of girls' names.
With only three letters, the name Ila is obviously very short. In fact, only 1.0% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly three letters. Just 0.2% of all first names are even shorter and only have two letters, while nearly 99% of all boys’ and girls’ names use more than three letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.
That means that since 1.7% of all girls’ names begin with an I, this initial occurs only about half as often as the other letters on average. Nevertheless, there are of course single names that begin with an I, which are quite popular
If your name is Ila and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...
So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Ila, you can simply say:
Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.
Just use American Sign Language!
These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.
In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.
In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Ila sounds like this: