What does Lea mean?
Lea /lea/ [1 syll.] 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.
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. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Lea for girls. Lea reached its top rank of #455 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is currently at #677. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the girl name Lea and affiliated names. Prominent related forms of Lea (#677 a year ago) listed in the Top 1000 are Leah (#35 a year ago), Lee, Leia (#509), Leigh and Lia (#377). These girl names reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.4742%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.4003%, down 15.6%), with the versions Lea, Lee and Leigh becoming less trendy. Leah (#35), Leia (#509) and Lia (#377) are three of the more contemporarily stylish girl names in this list, and there is also a rekindling in baby name popularity for Leah. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Lea▼ is alike in pronunciation to La-, Leeya, Leya, Liya, Lou▼ and Lu. Other suggested similar baby names are Bea, Dea, Leda▼, Lela▼, Lena▲, Leta▼, Lexa, Mea, Nea, Rea, Tea▼ and Zea. These names tend to be less commonly used than Lea.