What does Lea mean?
Lea [lea] as a girls' name (also used less regularly as boys' name Lea) is of Hebrew and Old English derivation, and Lea means "delicate; weary; meadow or pasture". Lea is a version of Leah (Hebrew). Biblical: Jacob's first wife. Lea is also a variation of Lee (Old English). See also Lia.
(female) Laiea, Liea, ..
(male) Lie, Lleh, ..
How popular is Lea?
Lea is a very prominent first name for women (#665 out of 4276, Top 16%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#3414 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Displayed below is the baby name history of Lea for girls. Lea reached its top rank of #456 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is currently at #738. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its source forms and related girl names. Below is a charted study of the statistics of the girl name Lea and affiliated names. Prominent related forms of Lea (#738 via latest list) listed in the Top 2000 are Leah (#36 via latest list), Lee, Leia (#421), Leigh and Lia (#329). These relations of Lea reached the peak of their popularity 5 years ago (median #963) and are almost as common today (#920, down 13%). Leah is more ubiquitous than the rest, though Leia has gained in usage over time, while forms such as Leigh are now somewhat dated.
Lea is alike in pronunciation to La-, Leeya, Leya, Liya, Lou▼ and Lu. Other suggested similar names are Bea, Dea, Lean, Leda, Lela▼, Lena▼, Leta▼, Lexa, Mea, Nea, Rea, Tea▼ and Zea. These names tend to be less commonly used than Lea.See names in meaning and etymology.