I can not stand this name for a boy or a girl. Awful!
― Anonymous User  1/17/2021
Despise this name. Just plain ugly.
― Anonymous User  12/5/2020
I think I prefer Leighton on a boy better because it’s sounds pretty masculine, But it’s fine on a girl because it’s a little feminine at the same time.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2020
It's a rich British man's first name.
noisynora  11/25/2020
Despite the popularity of Leighton Meester, I don't consider this name feminine at all.
wh0sbad  11/11/2020
Dull and illegitimate as a first name.
RHAWK3935  8/10/2020
I hear this name a lot on They mostly use it on girls. I'm not a fan.
― Anonymous User  5/26/2020
Lord Frederic Leighton was a British Neoclassical Painter and Sculptor.
GenevieveReine  11/29/2018
Eh, at least it doesn't sound as childish as other names with Leigh in it.
Luvbug86  9/4/2018
This name can also be used as a feminine name.

In the USA, it was given to 755 girls in 2016.
In the UK however, it was only given to six girls in 2011.
leoBeyene2002  7/7/2018
19 years ago I named my first born son Leighton Damien. He absolutely loves his name and has received nothing but compliments from girls and guys alike. We did have a bit of pronunciation hiccups on his first day of school with teachers who hadn't been exposed to the name/surname before. Once he tells people how to pronounce his name though, all is well.
As for nicknames, we call him Leight (Late) in public and sometimes, only amongst family, we refer to him as Lei Lei. This is mainly because his little sister Lauren goes by La La due to so many of her peers having her same name. We had no clue how many young ladies are named Lauren back in 1999.
In any case, Leighton is a strong, masculine, and sophisticated name. I am so happy that I chose that name for the most important young man in my life.
OneLove  4/18/2018
I love this name, but I would spell it differently because of pronunciation. When I first heard of this name, I wasn't sure, but now I totally love it. I think of it as more of a girl's name. I actually researched the name. It originally came about as a girl's name. It's different and it's pretty. I love it. If I have a girl I will most likely choose this name.
Jillia900  4/13/2018
YMCA Camp Eberhart in Michigan, the cabin reserved for the eldest girls is called Leighton Lodge. I’ve stayed in this cabin before, and as a result, I personally associate the name with good memories, friendship, and fun. To me, the name Leighton is elegant and unique, far from ugly.
odiomasaigh  3/22/2018
Named my baby girl Leighton. I kind of wish we had spelled it Leyton, but it's too late now. A lot of people call her Lee-ton, but I just correct it and we all move on. :) I like it. We call her "LeiLei" now, but probably Leights or Leighty in the future when she's a bit older.
BeachyMama  9/26/2017
The name Leighton was given to 261 boys born in the US in 2016.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2017
Leighton Sekemoto is from Sunset Valley, the neighborhood shipped with The Sims 3 is a bearer of this name.
lilolaf  3/2/2017
Named my daughter Leighton Louise... I love that it's unisex and Leigh is a family name but we didn't want to use it stand alone. Her 3 year old sister calls her Ladel, which is cute and we all laugh. Her nickname is Leighty Lou or Leights. Her mascot is the "Leighty" bug. I could see where pronunciation could be confusing but with actress Leighton Meester paving the way it hasn't been bad at all. I will caution this is a tough name for the great grand parents that are 90+. They just call her Lou :)
Brinzink  11/15/2016
I don't mind it for either sex, but I'd be lying if I said it sounded very feminine. I prefer just Leigh or Leah for a girl. For a boy it sounds masculine in a soft way, like a very sweet guy. Not a favorite, but it's a nice name.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/31/2016
This is an absolute beautiful name for a girl! It's whimsical and brings up images of fun summer days and nights at the beach or wandering through rolling hills. It also has the feeling of belonging to a nice person. If you are lucky enough to know a Leighton they will probably change your life. Also, you can't go wrong with a nickname like Leight! There really isn't anything not to love about this name!
Will88  4/15/2016
This is probably why I assumed Leigh was pronounced as Lay instead of Lee. I looked at Leigh and kept saying it as Lay. I probably still do from time to time.
Anyways, I really don't care for this name and I can't stand any Leigh spellings regardless of whether it is a part of the name or used as a stand alone.
― Anonymous User  1/15/2016
Until I heard someone say it, I assumed this name was pronounced Lee-tin. The people I've heard say it call it Lie-tin. Do other people pronounce Leighton like Brighton or Leighton like Kristin? I think it's hard to pronounce and not my style.
― Anonymous User  12/2/2015
I love the name Leighton for a boy and not a girl! It's very masculine and I named my son Leighton. He's now 16 and loves his name too. He often gets lovely comments on its originality and says that the girls love his name, so he's happy ;) I have no regrets!
Leightonnoah2  11/19/2015
My name is Leighton and I am a man and have always received great compliments on my name throughout all my life. I would happily name my son after my self, it is different, uncommon and I have never been bullied. My parents simply heard it and here I am.
LeightonW  11/16/2015
This name can be pronounced LAY-ton or LEE-ton.
actingfun  9/27/2015
Leighton/Layton is way better for a little boy. It sounds beautiful, but not girly. I hope this name is still a male name, because I'm tired of hearing that Taylor, Riley, Avery, Blair and a lot of other good names are used much more for girls.
heidbz  5/20/2015
This is a pretty good girl name. I like Laityn spelling. But late is not a cute nickname unless she's a "late" person.
LV51sfan91  4/11/2015
My name is Leighton. I've received nothing but compliments on my name.
LeightonB  10/30/2014
I really love this name for a girl.. it's unique. I am a bit worried that she will get picked on but it's a beautiful name... Leighton B where are you from and what's the history behind the name... did u ever get picked on because of the name?
jhill  12/16/2014
The name Leighton was given to 181 baby boys born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/19/2013
Leighton Marissa Meester is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2011
It's definitely not the best name out there, but it's not the worst, either. It's basically the same thing as Tyson and Braxton; cute when he's little, but unfitting on a man. On a girl, the name sucks. It's not pretty or feminine in the least.
Black_X  10/5/2011
Yuck. People seriously name their daughters Leighton? It isn't even that nice of a name on a boy, but it's even uglier on a girl. What girl wouldn't love to have the word "ton" at the end of her name especially if she ever ends up battling with her weight? /sarcasm.
― Anonymous User  9/2/2011
Please stay away from the fad of naming baby girls Leighton. It's a surname, and not at all feminine or attractive as a girl's first name. If she's ever tardy, she'll be called "Late Leighton".
― Anonymous User  2/10/2011
But Leigh is pronounced "Lee." I don't see how it would be particularly wrong to pronounce this name as either "Lee-ton" or "Lay-ton." The former sounds more feminine, and the latter sounds like it should be a boy's name (and therefore not have quite such a feminine spelling). I was familiar with Layton due to a football player in my school, and I really would never consider naming my daughter "LAY-ton."

As for a girl's name, I much prefer Leighton as a first name to simply "Lee," even if it is spelled Leigh.
adelazero  1/21/2011
So ugly on a girl, especially a gorgeous girl like Leighton Meester. I just don't understand the appeal, at all! And people are going to be lazy and say "Leedun". Uggh!
― Anonymous User  8/20/2009
Sounds very elitist on a boy and horrible on cute girls and women alike. Even the spelling is pretentious.
slight night shiver  4/27/2008
Leighton Meester is an actress who plays Elisha Springfield in the movie Hangman's Curse. (Must see for anyone dealing with bullying or witchcraft)
StevieGrl  7/2/2006
Leighton Meester, who was mentioned by a previous user, is also the star of the hit show "Gossip Girl." She plays the character Blair Waldorf.
alwaysbeenyou  5/5/2008
The name comes from Wales and generaly considered to mean a herb dweller.
leo2493  3/28/2005

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