What does Leigh mean?
Leigh /lei-gh/ 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. Demographics)
Charted below is the birth name statistics 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 Baby Names, 2014)
Lea (#677 the previous year), Leah (#35), Lee, Leia (#509) and Lia (#377) are the prominent varying forms of Leigh. Usage of these forms of Leigh reached its most widespread during the years 1970-1979 (adoption of 0.47%) and is almost as widespread today (adoption 0.4%, 16% less), but with versions such as Leigh becoming less fashionable. Leah, Leia and Lia are three of the more chic baby names among these, and there is also a rebound in baby name usage for Leah.
Thinking of names?
Leigh▼ is pronounced similarly to Leeya, Leya and Liya. Other suggested similar baby names are Breigh, Ledah, Leida, Leila▲, Leilah, Leina, Leisa, Leisha, Leith, Leitha, Leithe, Lelah▼, Lenah and Lezith. These names tend to be less frequently used than Leigh.