Lea - Meaning of Lea
[ 2 syll. lea, le-a ] The baby girl name Lea is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced in German as LEH-aa †. Lea is of Hebrew and Old English origin. It is used mainly in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, and Dutch.
Lea is a spelling variant of the English, Hebrew, and Yiddish Leah in the English, French, German, Italian, and Polish languages.
Lea is also a form of the English Lee in the Dutch, English, French, and Italian languages.
Lea is an all-time favorite. At present it is still somewhat popular as a baby girl name, but not to the degree it was in the past. The name grew in popularity from the 1920s up to the 1970s. Its usage peaked in 1970 with 0.032% of baby girls being named Lea. It was #396 in rank then. The baby name has experienced a drop in frequency since then. In 2018, it ranked at #708 with a usage of 0.022%. Among the family of girl names directly related to Lea, Leah was the most frequently used. It was 12 times more frequently used than Lea in 2018. Lea has in the last century been primarily given to baby girls.
† Pronunciation for Lea: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"