What does Leah mean?
Leah /leah/ as a girls' name is pronounced LAY-ah, LEE-ah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Leah is "delicate; weary".
Biblical: Jacob's first wife, the mother of Dinah and six of Jacob's twelve sons. The name was revived by the Puritans. Hawaiian mythology: Lea is the goddess of canoe makers. The fictional Princess Leia of "Star Wars" fame has made Leia familiar as a given name. Actress Lea Thompson.
How popular is Leah?
Leah is a very prominent first name for women (#270 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#69636 out of 150436, Top 46%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Leah for girls. Leah reached its highest position of #24 in the U.S. in 2010, and is at #35 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Popular varying forms of Leah (#35 from recent data) rated in the Top 1000 are Lea (#677 from recent data), Lee, Leia (#509), Leigh and Lia (#377). These forms of Leah were at the top of their popularity 44 years ago (average #525) and are almost as popular today (#599, ▼15.6%), but with forms such as Lea becoming less trendy. Leah has generally been the top pick of parents, though Lia has become trendy as well.
Thinking of names?
Leah▲ is alike in pronunciation to La-, Leeya, Leya, Liya, Lou▼ and Lu. Other suggested similar baby names are Adah▼, Alah, Aleah▲, Avah▲, Beah, Breah, Dejah▼, Denah, Elah, Evah, Inah, Kiah, Lal, Lanah, Leala, Lean, Leana, Leanah, Leann▼, Leasa, Leda▼, Ledah, Leelah, Leenah, Leilah, Leith, Lela▼, Lelah▼, Lena▲, Lenae, Lenah, Lenai, Lene, Leni, Leorah, Lesha, Lesy, Leta▼, Letha▼, Lethe, Lexa, Lexi▲, Lexy, Lidah, Lilah▲, Linah, Lorah, Lubah, Lydah, Lylah▲, Lynah, Merah, Miah▲, Niah, Nyah▼, Orah, Perah, Serah, Terah and Unah. These names tend to be less frequently used than Leah.