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Gender: Female Pronunciation: LEE-uh Origin of Lia: Italian variation of Leah Meaning of Leah: Hebrew, "weary" Lia's Popularity in 2017: #337

The name Lia is a girl's name of Italian, Russian origin. Lia is ranked #337 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Cool Girl Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Used throughout Europe and in Hawaii, Lia sounds just like its mother name Leah, but looks particularly pretty on paper.

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Famous People Named Lia

Lia Neal, American Olympic swimmer
Lia Cirio, American ballerina
Lia Marie Johnson, American Youtuber
Francesca Lia Block, American novelist
Lia, Japanese singer-songwriter
Lia Andrea Aquino Ramos, Miss Philippines 2006
Lía Victoria Borrero González, Miss Panama and Miss International 1998
Lia Marika Boysen, Swedish actress
Lia Chang, American actress
Maria Michelina "Lia" Diaz de Rivera Cruz, Filipina TV presenter
Lia Dorana (born Beppy van Werven), Dutch actress
Lia Eibenschütz, German actress
Lia Eliava, Georgian actress
Lia Félix, French actress
Lia Ices, American singer-songwriter
Lia Knight, American radio host
Lia Williams, English actress
Olympia (Lia) Vissi, Cypriot singer-songwriter
Lia Shemtov, Israeli politician
Lia Sargent, American voice actress
Lia Purpura, American poet
Lia Mills, Irish novelist
Ofelia "Lia" Maivia, Samoan wrestling promoter and grandmother of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Lia O'Halloran, American child actress
Lia Fabregas (b. 2013), daughter of footballer Cesc Fabregas
Lia Rovira, Spanish rhythmic gymnast

Pop Culture References for the name Lia

Lia Overbrook, main character in Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Jezelia "Lia" of Morrighan, main character in the book series "The Remnant Chronicles" by Mary E. Pearson


Lia's International Variations

Liya (Russian)


TechnoKitten Says:


I prefer Lea over Lia

paulapuddephatt Says:


What a lovely idea. I never thought of that, but Lia makes such a sweet nickname for Julia.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I've always loved Leah, which is definitely one of my favourite Biblical names, and I also adore this alternative spelling. If I had to say which I preferred, possibly the strong Biblical association would make me favour Leah, but honestly, Lia is just as beautiful, in a different style.

autumnreverie Says:


I prefer this spelling much more than Leah. It seems softer and prettier to me.

SimoneKadele Says:


Not substantial enough for me.

Zelliew Says:


I prefer Leah, too.

marythefourth Says:


For me, how a name looks on paper is just as important as how it sounds, and I think this name is beautiful all around! I have never liked the "Leah" spelling, but I love Lia---so much that we used it for my first daughter!

Nicole4383 Says:


I used to be friends with a Lia. It was short for Rosalia.

Guest Says:


I'm liking this more than Leah.

DearestJules Says:


Sometimes I use this as a nickname for my name Julia.

Christina25 Says:


I think this spelling is much sleeker and prettier than the Leah version~

DryLake Says:


Where I come from, do we say 'Leah' in a different way. 'Lia" do we pronounce like 'Lee-a' though, and is much more uncommon. It just happens to be one of the many, many nicknames I have gotten used to over the years.

dramagrl19 Says:


I know a Lia. She's sweet but this name...what is wrong with Leah?!