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 #677. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Below is a charted comparison of the statistics of the girl name Lea and affiliated names. Prominent related forms of Lea (#677 via latest list) listed in the Top 2000 are Leah (#35 via latest list), Lee, Leia (#509), Leigh and Lia (#377). These relations of Lea reached the peak of their popularity 4 years ago (median #963) and are almost as common today (#933, down 18.9%). Leah is more ubiquitous than the rest, though Lia 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.