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Meaning of the name LeahMeaning of the name Leah

[ 2 syll. lea(h), le-ah ] The baby girl name Leah is also used as a boy name, though the use for girls is far more popular. It is pronounced LIYah (English) †. Leah's language of origin is Hebrew. It is predominantly used in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish. The name is of disputed origin; it could be of the element le'ah (meaning 'gazelle, antelope, cow') or la'ah ('tired, weary'). It was borne by the first wife of Jacob in the Bible, whom Jacob was deceived into first marrying when he actually wanted to marry the younger sister Rachel. The name was adopted on a moderate scale by the 17th century English Puritans, and mainly among Jews.

Leah has 22 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Laya, Leaha, Leatha, Leeya, Leigh, Leighia, Liah, Liegh, Liyah, and Lía. Other English forms include the familiar form Lee, and the spelling variants Lea (used in French, German, Italian, and Polish too), Leea, Leeah, Leia, Leiah, Leigha, Leighah, Leya, Leyah, and Lia (used in French, German, Hebrew, Italian, and Portuguese too). The French Léa is a form of Leah that is used in foreign languages.

See also the related forms, Aleah, Angeleah, Jalea, Jeneleah, Leatrice, and Shaleah.

Leah is a very popular baby girl name, and it is also regarded as trendy. The name has been rising in popularity since the 1990s. At the modest peak of its usage in 2009, 0.335% of baby girls were named Leah. It was #28 in rank then. In 2012, it ranked at #33 with a usage of 0.298%, and it was the most popular out of all girl names in its family. Leah was used 6 times more than the 2nd ranked name, Lia, in 2012. In the last century Leah has primarily been a baby girl name.

Baby names that sound like Leah include Liah, Liya, Liyah, Lael, Laela, Laia, Laila, Lailah, Laily, Lala, Lalah, Laleh, Lali, Lalla, Lallah, Lallie, Lally, Lalo, Laloe, and Laloh.

† Pronunciation for Leah: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"

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