Leah Origin and Meaning

The name Leah is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "weary".

Leah was derived from the Hebrew word le’ah, meaning "weary." In the Old Testament, Leah was the first wife of Jacob, the mother of one daughter, Dinah, and six sons including Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah. She is considered one of the most important biblical matriarchs.

For several years now, this serene and gentle biblical name has been gaining a considerable following. Leah now outranks former Old Testament favorites Sarah, Rebecca, and Rachel.

Leah Clearwater is a female werewolf in Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series, Leah Price is a leading character in Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible, and actress Leah Remini is a current bearer.

Leah has been a mainstay near the top of the chart in the 21st century and is now among the most popular girls' names starting with L. It's been even more popular in countries as diverse as Norway, Germany, and Ireland.

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Famous People Named Leah

  • LeahBiblical first wife of Jacob; sister of Rachel
  • Leah ApplebaumAmerican actress
  • Leah AyresAmerican actress
  • Leah Elizabeth FelderJenner, American singer; daughter of musician Don Felder
  • Leah Marie PipesAmerican actress
  • Leah PurcellAustralian actress
  • Leah Marie ReminiAmerican actress and documentary filmmaker
  • Leah Donna DizonAmerican pop singer
  • Leah Schloßberg Rabinwife of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
  • Leah Simone MartindaleBarbadian swimmer
  • Leah Songlead singer of American band Rising Appalachia
  • Leah HaywoodAustralian pop singer,songwriter
  • Leah KrinskyAmerican comedy writer
  • Leah Joy PoultonAustralian cricketer
  • Leah Ward SearsAmerican jurist
  • Leah LaimanIsraeli novelist
  • Leah ClarkAmerican voice actress
  • Leah Sibyl CecilMiss California 2012
  • Leah MooreEnglish comic book writer
  • Leah PinsentCanadian actress
  • Leah Van Dale aka CarmellaAmerican model and pro wrestler
  • Leah WoodEnglish singer; daughter of musician Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones
  • Leah Studidaughter of actor Wes Studi
  • Leah Hope Gosselin (b. 2004)daughter of American TV personalities Jon and Kate Gosselin
  • Leah Isadora Behn (b. 2005)daughter of Princess Martha Louise of Norway and Ari Behn
  • Leah Gionta (b. 2008)daughter of ice hockey player Brian Gionta
  • Leah Leann Shirley (b. 2008)daughter of reality TV personalities Amber Portwood and Gary Shirley of "Teen Mom"
  • Leah Sari Still (b. 2010)daughter of American NFL player Devon Still
  • Leah Lou Abramovich (b. 2013)daughter of Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich
  • Leah Mills (b. 2014)daughter of footballer Matt Mills

Leah in Pop Culture

  • Leah Rosecharacter in Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins
  • Leah Brahmscharacter on TV's "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
  • Leah PattersonBaker, character on Australian soap "Home and Away"
  • Leah Clearwatercharacter in the 'Twilight' series
  • Leah the Theatre Fairycharacter in the Rainbow Magic book series
  • Dr. Leah Murphycharacter on TV's 'Grey's Anatomy'
  • Leah Gideoncharacter on TV's "Supernatural"
  • Leah Pricecharacter in Barbara Kingsolver's "The Poisonwood Bible"

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