Gender: Female Meaning of Leah: "weary" Origin of Leah: Hebrew Leah's Popularity in 2019: #44

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.

In the Old Testament, Leah was the patient first wife of Jacob, the mother of one daughter, Dinah, and six sons including Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, and is considered one of the most important biblical matriarchs.

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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Rank in US: #44

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Famous People Named Leah

Pop Culture References for the name Leah

Lea, Lee, Liah, Leigh

Leah's International Variations

Leia, Léa (French) Leea, Leeah (Finnish) Lia (Italian)


kickster_lk360 Says:


Leah also derives from Hebrew, where it means 'weary' and Akkadian(as you said, but it means 'wild cow')

kickster_lk360 Says:


This is funny - I was almost named 'Leia' after Princess Leia, but my mother liked 'Leah' better. Still, nobody pronounces it right so I see your point.

kickster_lk360 Says:


It really depends - cultural influence and parental preference have a big impact on it's pronunciation.

ivy194 Says:


So sweet! I think it ages beautifully.

Isabella_188 Says:


This is my 2nd favorite biblical name, my 1st being Rebecca! It's simple, sophisticated, mature, and sweet-sounding all at once. :)

Maryyy Says:


I'm digging this name right now

fearlessfirefly Says:


This is my middle name. My first name is Faith.

leahbrei Says:


Well my name is Leah pronounced as Lee-uh :)

meggyweg Says:


Leah is one of my favorite names. It's short and sweet and classy, and has a nice Biblical connection, and is easy to spell and pronounce. Unfortunately I can't really use it cause it belongs to another family member.

Ella Says:


Is it pronounced "Lee" or "Lee-uh"

-EagleEyes- Says:


That does sound like bad luck- how weird that they would pronounce the same name differently!

Leah_ Says:


Hmm... I've only met a few other people named "Leah", but it seems like I'm the only one who recieves such confusion. Maybe I just have horrible luck, maybe it has to do with where I live. It is quite odd. Last year I was at a state competition, there was another girl named Leah who's name was called shortly before mine. They pronounced her name right and then called me "lay-uh". I have NO IDEA why; our names are spelt the same.

-EagleEyes- Says:


I'm surprised you hear so much confusion with this name! My name is Leah too, but I don't often get misspellings or mispronunciations. Occasionally I get called Lay-uh, and I've had it spelled Lea, but people almost always get it right the first time. Leah has ranked in the US top 50 for years, which makes the confusion pretty odd. I definitely do get Star Wars jokes though.

Leah_ Says:


As a Leah (lee-uh), I would be careful naming your daughter this. Don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful name, it's just problematic. NO ONE pronounces it right (which is crazy! It's so simple!). I am called Lee, Lie-uh, and Lay-uh. Nine times out of ten my name is mispronounced. My name is also often misspelt: Lea, Lia, Lee, even Leigha! It's absolutely crazy! People love to make star wars jokes, even though Princess Leia is not pronounced like Leah. One boy at school said "your parents are so creative! Leah is so unique!" I smiled and said thank you but I was completely baffled. I live in the Bible Belt so the fact that the name Leah is so foreign to everyone here amazes me. It's very frustrating and the beauty of the name is often over shadowed by the confusion it creates.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Beautiful name with strong Biblical associations - fits in with current trends for short girls' names beginning with L., but also substantial enough to sound just as lovely if/when many of those other names become less fashionable - easy to imagine on someone of any age

morning_glory Says:


Interesting how many people are saying it's not that common - I know lots of Leahs.

pixelatedinfants Says:


When I was little, Leah always was my favorite names, I use it in tons of stories and games. My interest in names started in simple names that most kids wouldn't think of, my favorites being Leah and Callie.

eloisamaturen Says:


My mom's name is Leah. I like it anyway. For me it is the best Australian baby name in the list.

TheSlothPrincess Says:


Leah is such a beautiful, elegant sounding name.

Zelliew Says:


I agree & it's not too popular

Catastroffy Says:


I prefer Lea or Lia.

Jinxgirl Says:


Leah has been one of my favorites for a while. Lovely, classic, simple.

TheHumanCanvas Says:


I like Leah. Pretty, historically meaningful, and perfectly recognisable.

HopefulMommy Says:


I have always LOVED having this as my name! Simple, but unique and uncommon.

wavygirl Says:


yep, you are right

Hydra Says:


Well, it could come from a Chaldean name meaning "ruler" in Akkadian. It's my wonderful mothers name, so I've done a lot of research on it.

indiefendi2 Says:


Leah is the loveliest of biblical names but I hate that meaning! 😠

e_flynn Says:


This is my little sister's name (she's 25) and I've always thought it was so pretty. Her middle name is Justine and I think the two are lovely together.

Leah3456 Says:


The name is so pretty and classy!

dawne3 Says:


Simple, beautiful, and timeless.

namergirl3 Says:


I have always loved this name :) it's so sweet

jojobabyberry Says:


One of my favorite biblical names.