Given Name LEAH

GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: לֵאָה (Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: LEE-ə (English)   [details]

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. Jacob's other wife was Leah's sister Rachel. 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.

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OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Leia (Biblical Greek), Lia (Biblical Latin), Lea (Croatian), Lea (Danish), Lea (Dutch), Lea (Finnish), Léa (French), Lía (Galician), Lia (Georgian), Lea (German), Lia (Greek), Lia (Italian), Lėja (Lithuanian), Lea (Norwegian), Lia (Portuguese), Lea (Slovene), Lea (Swedish)
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2016
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2016
  Northern Ireland
2015
  Norway
2015
  Scotland
2016
  Sweden
2016