Leigh - Meaning of Leigh
[ 1 syll. lei-(g)(h), le-i-gh ] The baby girl name Leigh is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced Liy- †. Leigh's origin is Hebrew and Old English, and its use, English.
Leigh is an English form of the English, Hebrew, and Yiddish Leah.
Leigh is also a spelling variant of the English Lee.
Leigh is uncommon as a baby girl name. At the height of its usage in 1969, 0.089% of baby girls were named Leigh. It was #202 in rank then. The baby name has markedly dropped in popularity since then, and is used only on a very modest scale now. Within the family of girl names directly related to Leigh, Leah was the most popular in 2012. Although Leigh is used more commonly as a baby girl name today, there was a period from 1928 to 1945 that it was more popular with boys. After 1946, increasingly the name became more popular with baby girls than with boys. In 1971, 20 times more baby girls than boys were given the name Leigh.
† Pronunciation for Leigh: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"