LEAH
GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: לֵאָה (Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: LEE-ə (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name לֵאָה (Le'ah) which was probably derived from the Hebrew word לְאָה (le'ah) meaning "weary". Alternatively it might derive from a Chaldean name meaning "mistress" or "ruler" in Akkadian. In the Old Testament, Leah is the first wife of Jacob and the mother of seven of his children. Although this name was used by Jews in the Middle Ages, it was not typical as an English Christian name until after the Protestant Reformation, being common among the Puritans.
Related Names
OTHER LANGUAGES: Leia (Biblical Greek), Lia (Biblical Latin), Lea (Croatian), Lea (Danish), Lea (Dutch), Lea (Finnish), Léa (French), Lía (Galician), Lia (Georgian), Lea (German), Lia (Italian), Lėja (Lithuanian), Lea (Norwegian), Lia (Portuguese), Lea (Slovene), Lea (Swedish)
Popularity
United States  ranked #33 
England/Wales  ranked #64 
Canada (BC)  ranked #39 
Australia (NSW)  ranked #77 
Ireland  ranked #24 
Netherlands  ranked #180 
New Zealand  ranked #50 
Northern Ireland  ranked #24 
Norway  ranked #19 
Scotland  ranked #37 
Sweden  ranked #35