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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)