This is so pretty! It sounds amazing, pretty, and calm. I love it. I do like Leah just as much as this, and they both come from the Bible. I don't watch Star Wars, so I don't care for that association.
Stars123  2/22/2021
This is exactly how I pronounce Leah.
― Anonymous User  1/18/2021
This name was invented by George Lucas and he didn't base it on the name Leah.

This is what his biographer wrote:

“Her name evokes the lovely Princess Dejah Thoris in the John Carter of Mars tales by Edgar Rice Burroughs, as well as Lady Galadriel of Lothlorien in J. R. R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings."

He just played around with the sounds and arrived at Leia. In my opinion, Leia (the Biblical version) and Leia (popular culture) should have different entries here as they evolved in very different ways.
― Anonymous User  7/29/2020
This would make a pretty great middle name.
― Anonymous User  4/13/2020
Way better than the regular Leah. Mostly due to the popular Star Wars connection we're all used to nowadays.
RHAWK3935  4/5/2020
My name is Leia. I do get some Star Wars comments, but not that often. Many people call me lee-ah or leila...
leiadevries  12/2/2019
I believe this is a pretty name, and I love the space vibe (Star Wars). I prefer it over Leah.
― Anonymous User  6/5/2019
I say Leia and Leah differently, so to me they aren't the same at all. I don't see any issue with it being associated with Star Wars. She was a badass character.
Elistariel  5/10/2019
My friends named their daughter Carileia Eve. She was born on the New Year's Eve right after Carrie Fisher died. I know, I know... it's a portmanteau and a lot of people here hate that sort of thing. Ordinarily I do, too; I think it's corny. But I think this one is at least pretty, even if I would have gone with Carrie Leia or Leia Carrie myself (if I were as huge a Star Wars fan as my friends are).
― Anonymous User  10/19/2018
In 2018, 2 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Leia who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 3276th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/19/2018
Also popular in Sweden.
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  1/29/2017
I suspect that the name Leia will increase in popularity, particularly in the United States, in the wake of Carrie Fisher's death. Although by itself, I think Leia is quite pretty. It's just that this spelling has become almost synonymous with Star Wars.
erb816  1/12/2017
I love this name but if I ever named my child Leia, I would dread to think of all the Star Wars comments!
― Anonymous User  10/25/2016
Leia is a cute name, but Star Wars has ruined this name!
lilolaf  4/24/2016
It's a cool name, mostly because of the Star Wars association. Sadly, the association makes it awkward to use for a child, and feels like copying if used writing, so it's kind of unusable.

But don't name your twins Luke and Leia. That's just dumb.
― Anonymous User  3/1/2016
This name is really nice! If I ever did have a daughter in the future this will be her name, or it might be Leah but I will pronounce it LAY-a.
cutenose  12/31/2015
It's weird how there are 2 Leia pages on this site.

By the way, Leia is a nice name although it does make the parents look like hardcore Star Wars fans.
xgirl  5/26/2014
I hate this name. But I like the name Leah! If you spell it like this then you are a chav. Simple as.
― Anonymous User  2/6/2012
There is a princess Leah Isadora Behn of Norway. Leia's nice and all but the Star Wars association might become an issue.
Bazinga  1/30/2012
Haha. I'm surprised no one has mentioned Princess Leia from Star Wars.
rooball  1/7/2011
Leia, Leja, Laeh, Lia are all the same name. The Leia is a change of the J used in the Polish which Americans would never understand. My grandmother named Leja came from Poland. I am Laeh, same name but American. In German the name is Lea. All these names refer to the wife of Jacob in the Bible in the way Hebrew is pronounced.

I am a genealogist who speaks 5 languages and has worked for more than 25 years in Europe going from one country to another. Over this time I've tracked names extensively.
Tante Laeh  5/30/2010
I love it, it sounds cute, it looks cute! I also like Leah.
― Anonymous User  11/24/2009
This was the 78th most popular name in Sweden in 2008.
― Anonymous User  5/13/2009
In addition to Lia and Lea, Leia is a Portuguese (Brazilian) version of Leah.
camila88  3/11/2009
In the new DS games of the Harvest Moon games, Ds and DS Cute, Leia is a mermaid that lives in some person's basement.
― Anonymous User  8/14/2008
I LOVE Star Wars, but quite a few fans name their kids Leia. I'd personally prefer to branch out and hit on more discreet ones from the Expanded Universe. Say Callista or Marasiah.
― Anonymous User  2/11/2008
It's pronounced almost like the Finnish word "leija" which means kite. I think it's sweet. I don't like the Star Wars-reference, but it's a nice simple name.
ventilatorblues  12/21/2007
Oddly enough, the Greek word for 'princess' is 'vasileia'. I think Lucas might have taken the name "Leia" as a contraction of the word, as well as making it a variant spelling of "Leah".
seraphine_eternal  7/21/2007
I love this name! I think the spelling and sound of it is adorable!
elysa  6/29/2007
No matter what -Star Wars or not- I think Leia is a really cool name. Star Wars just makes it better! =) I don't personally like the name Leah so this is a much better choice. I would name my daughter Leia.
Cyneburga  6/21/2007
In Star Wars, the name is pronounced LAY-a. However, in the first move (A New Hope), the name is pronounced both LEE-ah and LAY-ah. Odd, huh?
ladyoflaurelandash  2/18/2006

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