What does Leigh mean?
Leigh /lei-gh/ [1 syll.] as a name for girls (also used as boys' name Leigh) is of Hebrew and Old English origin, and the meaning of the name Leigh is "delicate; weary; meadow or pasture". Leigh is a version, with the suffix -igh, of Leah (Hebrew). Biblical: Jacob's first wife. Leigh is also a derivative of Lee (Old English).
How popular is Leigh?
Leigh is a very prominent first name for females (#439 out of 4276, Top 10%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#3350 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Leigh for girls. Leigh was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its top position of #230 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, but is not ranked currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Lea (#677 the previous year), Leah (#35), Lee, Leia (#509) and Lia (#377) are the prominent varying forms of Leigh. Usage of these girl names reached its most widespread during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.4742%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.4003%, 15.6% less), with the versions Lea, Lee and Leigh becoming less fashionable. Leah (#35), Leia (#509) and Lia (#377) are three of the more chic baby names among these, and there is also a rebound in baby name usage for Leah. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Leigh and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)