What does Leah mean?
Leah /leah/ [1 syll.] 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 last year) rated in the Top 1000 are Lea (#677 last year), Lee, Leia (#509), Leigh and Lia (#377). These girl names were at the top 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 forms Lea, Lee and Leigh becoming less trendy. Leah (#35), Leia (#509) and Lia (#377) are three of the more fashionable girl names among these, and there is a resurgence in baby name popularity for Leah. Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of Leah and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)