The uncommon baby name Jilla appeared for the first and only time in the U.S. baby name data in 1951:
- 1953: unlisted
- 1952: unlisted
- 1951: 6 baby girls named Jilla
- 1950: unlisted
- 1949: unlisted
No doubt it was put there by American jazz/pop vocalist Jilla Webb, who was at the peak of her fame in the early 1950s. She recorded on the MGM label and regularly performed with the Harry James Orchestra.
Below is a 1958 recording of Jilla Webb singing with Harry James. (The video ought to start at 11:50, when Jilla first comes in.)
Do you like the name Jilla? Now that Willa is on the rise, do you think Jilla could catch on as a variant?
P.S. Jilla Webb’s daughter is also a professional singer who goes by the name Jilla Webb.