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Gender: Female Meaning of Leah: "weary" Origin of Leah: Hebrew Leah's Popularity in 2017: #40

The name Leah is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "weary". Leah is ranked #40 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Pick 5 (GIRLS)".

From the experts:

For several years now, this serene and gentle biblical name has been gaining a considerable following. Many use Leah as a less common alternative to Sarah or Hannah, Rebecca or 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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Famous People Named Leah

Leah, Biblical first wife of Jacob; sister of Rachel
Leah Applebaum, American actress
Leah Ayres, American actress
Leah Elizabeth Felder-Jenner, American singer; daughter of musician Don Felder
Leah Marie Pipes, American actress
Leah Purcell, Australian actress
Leah Marie Remini, American actress and documentary filmmaker
Leah Donna Dizon, American pop singer
Leah Schloßberg Rabin, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Leah Simone Martindale, Barbadian swimmer
Leah Song, lead singer of American band Rising Appalachia
Leah Haywood, Australian pop singer-songwriter
Leah Krinsky, American comedy writer
Leah Joy Poulton, Australian cricketer
Leah Ward Sears, American jurist
Leah Laiman, Israeli novelist
Leah Clark, American voice actress
Leah Sibyl Cecil, Miss California 2012
Leah Moore, English comic book writer
Leah Pinsent, Canadian actress
Leah Van Dale aka Carmella, American model and pro wrestler
Leah Wood, English singer; daughter of musician Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones
Leah Studi, daughter 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

Pop Culture References for the name Leah

Leah Rose, character in Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins
Leah Brahms, character on TV's "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
Leah Patterson-Baker, character on Australian soap "Home and Away"
Leah Clearwater, character in the 'Twilight' series
Leah the Theatre Fairy, character in the Rainbow Magic book series
Dr. Leah Murphy, character on TV's 'Grey's Anatomy'
Leah Gideon, character on TV's "Supernatural"
Leah Price, character in Barbara Kingsolver's "The Poisonwood Bible"

Liah, Lea, Lee, Leigh

Leah's International Variations

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

Comments

leahbrei Says:

2019-01-30T23:34:35

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

meggyweg Says:

2017-09-25T04:45:46

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:

2017-09-17T02:15:43

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

-EagleEyes- Says:

2017-06-10T21:49:31

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

Leah_ Says:

2017-06-09T03:53:30

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:

2017-06-09T03:42:45

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:

2017-06-06T20:39:48

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:

2016-11-21T20:10:18

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:

2016-11-16T14:44:43

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

pixelatedinfants Says:

2016-08-30T00:46:45

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:

2016-07-11T12:01:57

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

TheSlothPrincess Says:

2016-06-05T22:39:51

Leah is such a beautiful, elegant sounding name.

Zelliew Says:

2015-07-29T23:16:51

I agree & it's not too popular

Catastroffy Says:

2015-07-29T21:57:42

I prefer Lea or Lia.

Jinxgirl Says:

2015-06-18T14:44:01

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

TheHumanCanvas Says:

2015-06-14T20:35:28

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

HopefulMommy Says:

2015-06-13T01:10:33

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

wavygirl Says:

2015-05-25T12:08:12

yep, you are right

Hydra Says:

2015-04-01T07:16:14

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:

2015-04-01T03:33:42

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

e_flynn Says:

2015-03-31T17:36:02

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:

2015-03-13T16:37:36

The name is so pretty and classy!

dawne3 Says:

2015-03-01T02:32:09

Simple, beautiful, and timeless.

namergirl3 Says:

2014-12-27T04:47:50

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

jojobabyberry Says:

2014-09-10T17:43:23

One of my favorite biblical names.