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Gender: Female Pronunciation: lee-dah Meaning of Leda: "happy" Origin of Leda: Greek

The name Leda is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "happy". Leda and is often added to lists like Mythology Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding Then Eliminating -- Girls Themed".

From the experts:

In classical Greek myth, Leda was a great beauty who mothered another great beauty, Helen of Troy. Leda is that rare name that is at once simple, deeply-rooted, and unique: Only 18 baby girls were named Leda in the US last year. A name used in several European countries, pronunciation is usually the straightforward lee-dah but the Italians say lay-dah.

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Famous People Named Leda

Leda Gloria, Italian actress
Leda Cosmides, American psychologist
Leda Luss Luyken, Greek conceptual artist
Leda Mileva, Bulgarian children's author and translator

Pop Culture References for the name Leda

Leda, Spartan queen in Greek mythology who gave birth to Helen after being visited by Zeus in the form of a swan
Leda, character in Jodi Picoult's "Plain Truth"
Leda, character on TV's "Queer as Folk"
Leda, code name for the female clones on TV's 'Orphan Black'
Leda Cole, character in the novel "The Thousandth Floor"

Leyda, Layda, Ledah, Lyda, Leida, Leta

Leda's International Variations

Lida, Lidochka, Lido (Russian) Lediana (Spanish)


ElenaCroatia Says:



headintheclouds Says:


Due to the Yeats poem, the image of a swan pops into my head when I see the name Leda spelled out, and The Swan song by Saint-Saens starts playing in my mind. It's a lovely association for an elegant, understated, feminine but not flowery name.

ashbee Says:


Short and sweet but packed with thousands of years of history. Pleasantly surprised to see it was historically well-used in the US.

SoDallas3 Says:


I adore the sound of Leda, however, I kind of feel that the Orphan Black connection renders it and Castor unusable.

SoDallas3 Says:


Lee-duh is the pronounciation. :)

kathleen12345 Says:



servals_ Says:


yes :)

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


How is this pronounced? Is it Lee-duh?