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Some side information is that "leda" or "ledo" is also part of Spanish poetry. In the Real Academia Espanol, the official Spanish dictionary, it is an adjective used in poetry meaning placid, content, or happy. It comes from the latin "laetus." I love this name and I am lucky enough to have been named such a meaningful name as Leda (even if people never know how to pronounce it :)).
-- Anonymous User  1/2/2006
Leeda Cawley-Smith is a character in Jodi Lynn Anderson's 'Peaches'. Though the name is spelled with an extra 'e', Leeda has said her name was spelled wrong and was originally a Greek name.
-- fawkes100  2/25/2006
Pronounced LEE-dah. [noted -ed]
-- Aqua  11/21/2006
A famous bearer of this name is Leda Rafanelli, a writer, one of Benito Mussolini's lovers.
-- Catra  2/28/2007
Leda was also the mother of Clytemnestra.
-- Anonymous User  3/26/2007
This is pretty but a bit short for my taste. It might be a great nickname for something though.
-- writing the world  6/20/2007
Pronounced as "Lai-dah". Leda was also mother Klytaimnestra.
-- Karcoolka  10/15/2007
"Harold and Maude" ruined this name for me -- Maude painted a picture of herself as Leda, nude, which is unpleasant because she's 79 years old. So when I think "Leda", I think naked old lady.

The story of Leda and the Swan is not a nice one, either. She's raped by Zeus in the form of a swan, correct? When she's portrayed in art, she's always naked, and is a sort of erotic symbol in herself.

The name itself sounds pretty, but I would never use it!
-- Anonymous User  8/29/2008
I think Leda is a beautiful name. My daughter's name is Helen though, so it may be a little strange for her to have a sister named Leda, not that most people would connect the two names.
-- Anonymous User  2/19/2009
This is also used in Hungary.
Endre Ady, Hungarian poet named his lover Léda by mirroring Adél (her original name). She remained a symbolic figure in Hungarian literature. I like this name both in this and in mythological context as well.
-- rosarosae  3/28/2009
According to another Greek myth Leda was not the mother of Helen, but Nemesis. Nemesis was the goddess of indignation and revenging justice. She was raped by Zeus, while he changed her in a goose and himself in a swan. Nemesis laid an egg, which was given to Leda.
-- Anonymous User  5/12/2009
I worked with a Leda - she was the first I ever knew with the name. And I must say that I really like the name.

It has a simple spelling and is intuitively pronounced. Has a heritage, but is also "unique" enough to suit those who want their children to be the only one with their name in their school.
-- Anonymous User  7/12/2009
I know a girl named Aleda, which I assume is an elaboration of Leda. Either way, I think it's lovely.
-- erb816  4/7/2010
There are more Greek myths about Leda. According to one myth Nemesis was the mother of Helena, who come into the world in a egg. Leda took care of this egg and after the girl. There is also a myth which told us that the father of Helena and Pollux was Zeus. The father of her other two children was Tyndaros.
-- Kaat5  6/13/2010
Leda Muir (MySpace Celebrity).
-- Anonymous User  1/13/2011
This name is not pronounced Leda. The d is a th sound. How do I know? I am Greek, I speak Greek, and my name is leatha which in Greek is spelled the same way as given on this site. The letter delta is not a d sound in Greek but more of a th. I really don't like it when my name is mispronounced. It should be pronounced lee-tha with a soft th. If you name your daughter this please do it correctly. Also know in Greek mythology leatha had sex with Zeus who was in the form of a swan... kinda creepy... Also someone very much incorrectly posted its pronounced lei-dah... not at all true. At all.
-- Leatha  2/18/2013
Means "boredom" in Swedish.
-- Caprice  3/19/2014

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