Gender: Female Meaning of Lea: "weary or meadow" Origin of Lea: Variation of Lee Lea's Popularity in 2019: #726

Lea Origin and Meaning

The name Lea is a girl's name of English origin meaning "weary or meadow".

More attractive than Lee, less meaningful than Leah. While traditionally pronounced as a homonym for Lee, Glee actress Lea Michele pronounces her name like Leah. Regardless of your preferred pronunciation, it's interesting to note that Lea has always charted in the US Top 1000, despite coming close to the bottom a few times, making it one of the girl names starting with L that both fits in and stands out.

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Rank in US: #726

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TechnoKitten Says:


my favorite variation of this name I prefer Lea over Leah and Leah over Lia

indiefendi2 Says:


Though Bradley (and Instagram-everything Irina) have yet to confirm that Lea's name... I KNEW they were gonna name her either Leah or Lea. I feel psychic. 😜

RedPanda1203 Says:


I know someone who pronounces it 'Lay-ah' like the name Leia, and admittedly i read it as 'Leah' at first but it's actually quite nice pronounced like that.

sophiejade Says:


I think the french pronunciation is the most beautiful!

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


I would never have thought that this name could be produced as Lee. I always thought this was pronounced the same as Leah or Lia. I actually prefer this spelling to any other

neverland_01 Says:


My name. I'm from French origin, and in France it's "Lay-ah".

Impwood Says:


This is also a French name, very popular in France. It's "lay-ah", with the "lay" sound said very quickly, almost making it an "ih" sound. It's the female version of Leo, and means "lion".

dae Says:


My name is Dalea but it is pronounced (Day-Lee) I go by Dae. And sometimes i go by leah just for fun.

Ariana157 Says:


Everyone I know pronounces this like Lee-ah .

GuineapigGirl15 Says:


I love this name!My favorite spelling would be Lea,Then Lia ,And lastly Leah

scblovesnames Says:


I like it but prefer Lia.

otheralix Says:


I don't see why people having no understanding about other languages and cultures is really my problem as a parent when choosing a name for my child. Not only that, but I'm not surrounded by just white people all the time. My family is straight out of Italy and Bolivia. Lia is what they'd assume. So, now, who is right?

otheralix Says:


And, my name is irrelevant to the discussion. I like my name and it's spelling. Always have, it's why I chose it.

otheralix Says:


Lia and Lea are different versions of a name in different languages. Like Mateo and Matteo and Sofia and Sophia and John and Gian and Julia and Giulia.

Not only that, but Lia is much like Bella, where it begins as a diminutive and eventually becomes a name. So, Natalia, Amelia, Celia, Malia, Ophelia, etc. etc. etc. can all break down to Lia. Making it have nothing at all to do with Leah.

Leah is a translated-to-English form of a Hebrew name. Other languages have other options and none, whether you find them uncommon or not in your (apparently) white, American neighborhood, are incorrect.

Stump Girl Says:


Did I say they weren't legitimate? Leah is where those names stem from, or from longer names. If they aren't, Leah is much more common, and others will assume Lea and Lia are misspellings on their own. Simply look at the meaning of Lea above.

Stump Girl Says:


There are? I've been clueless.

DearestJules Says:


Well, Stump Girl's comment brings up a good point: even if Lea and Lia /are/ legitimate names, most people would just see them as kre8tiv spellings of Leah anyway.

otheralix Says:


Lea and Lia are both legitimate names. Sorry pre-third century isn't "actual" enough for you.

otheralix Says:


You do know there are other languages out there, right?

Stump Girl Says:


I prefer Leah. Leah the actual name.

TaliaCat Says:


I prefer Leah, spelled Lia