What does Leigh mean?
Leigh [leigh] as a name for boys (also used as girls' name Leigh) is of Old English derivation, and the name Leigh means "fern wood; fair, white warrior; heather meadow; pasture or meadow". Leigh is a version of Farley (Old English): from fearn leah. Leigh is also a form of Finlay (Scottish, Gaelic). Leigh is also used as a variant of Hadley (Old English) and Lee (Old English).
Leigh has 1 variant: Lea.Creative forms:
(male) Legh, Ligh, ..
(female) Leigha, Leilu, .. Middle name pairings:
Leigh Reagan (L.R.), ..
How popular is Leigh?
Leigh is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#1127 out of 1220, Top 92%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#3350 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Leigh reached its highest rank of #729 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its source forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Leigh are Farley, Finlay, Hadley, Lea and Lee (#679 last year). Usage of these forms of Leigh was at its most widespread 125 years ago (average #1381) and has become much less since (#1779, ▼95%), with the version Lee becoming less fashionable.
Leigh is alike in pronunciation to Le, Le-, Leo, Lew▼ and Lugh. Other suggested similar names are Bergh, Bligh, Lech, Leif, Leith, Lige▼, Luigi and Reigh. These names tend to be less frequently used than Leigh.See names in meaning and etymology.