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What does Leah mean?

Leah Pronunciation of 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH delicate (gentle), biblical, puritans, mythology, goddess, fictional (literary), princess, star, wars (battle)


VARIANTS Lea, Lee, Leia, Leigh, Lia



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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)

Leah reached its highest position of #24 in the U.S. in 2010, and is at #41 presently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leah name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Leah outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Popular varying forms of Leah (#41 FROM RECENT DATA) rated in the Top 2000 are Lea (#708), Lee, Leia (#296), Leigh and Lia (#246). These forms of Leah were at the top of their popularity 7 years ago (AVERAGE #957) and have remained as popular to this day (#881, 0.5%), but with forms such as Leigh becoming less trendy. Leah has generally been the top pick of parents, though Lia has become trendy as well.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leah, Lea, Lee, Leia, Leigh, Lia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Leah, Lea, Leia outside U.S.

Similar Names

Leah is alike in pronunciation to La-, Leeya, Leya, Liya, Lou and Lu. Other suggested similar-sounding 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.

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