Leah has been a popular name since it was first published in the Old Testament. From 1880 through 2020, the name has never been out of the top 500 girl names in the United States. Surprisingly, Leah has been most popular in New York and Wyoming over the last five years.

Meaning of the name Leah:

Hebrew: Delicate or weary
Old English: Grassland, meadow

Origin of the name Leah:

Hebrew. Derived from “le'ah”, the Hebrew word meaning “weary”. It has also been thought to have come from the Akkadian “littu” which means “pretty girl”, or the Proto-Semitic *layʾ-at- ~ laʾay-at- meaning “cow”.

Symbolism of the name Leah:

Leah was the first wife of Jacob according to the Old Testament. The meaning of Leah “weary” symbolizes someone who was subjected to a lot of turmoil in their life, although it caused a great deal of angst, they rose above it.

Style of the name Leah:


Gender of the name Leah:

Leah is traditionally a name given to baby girls.

Pronunciation of the name Leah:


Syllables in the name Leah:


Emotion evoked from the name Leah:

The name Leah evokes a feeling of refinement and wholesomeness.

Alternative spellings for the name Leah:

Leia, Lia, Lea, Lėja, Léa, Lya, Le'ah

Nicknames for the name Leah:

Lee, Lea, Lia

Popularity of the name Leah:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Leah was ranked as the 45th most popular girl name in 2020. Leah has been ranked in the top 100 baby girl names in each of the last 20 years.

Related names for the name Leah:

Leia, Lia, Lea, Leatrice, Leela, Lilah, Leena

Great middle names for Leah and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Leah:

  • Leah Remini (actor)
  • Leah Song (singer)
  • Leah Marie Pipes (actor)
  • Leah Ayres (actor)
  • Leah (Biblical first wife of Jacob)

Leah in movies/pop culture:

  • Leah(character in the “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Eclipse”)
  • Leah Patterson-Baker (character on “Home and Away”)
  • Leah Belfort (character in “The Wolf of Wall Street”)