Leah Name Meaning

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Fact: Leah is the name of the first wife of Jacob in the Bible and the mother of six of the twelve tribes of Israel.

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A Deep Dive

Leah Overview

Meaning

Weary, delicate

Gender

Girl

Origin

Hebrew

Etymology

Leah is a significant biblical name found in the Old Testament.

Religion

Judaism, Christianity

Pronunciation

/ˈliːə/

Popularity

Consistently popular in many countries, particularly in English-speaking regions.

Syllable

1 syllable

Length

4 letters

Numerology

8 (Practical, Ambitious, Materialistic)

Name Styles

Popular, Short, Classic, Cute

Associated Traits

Gentleness, subtle beauty, strength, resilience

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Important in Hebrew culture and the Old Testament, where Leah is the mother of six of the twelve tribes of Israel.
A Deep Dive

Leah Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Lea, Lia, Leigh, Leia, Leana, Aleah, Maleah, Leya, Leeya, Liah

Common Nicknames

Lee, Lulu, Lala, Elle, Leya, Lia, Lili, Lil

Diminutives

Lili, Lea, Lala, Liah, Lee

Famous People

  • Leah Remini
    (Actress)
  • Leah Chase
    (Chef)
  • Leah Pipes
    (Actress)
  • Leah McSweeney
    (Fashion Designer)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Leah Clearwater
    ("Twilight" Series)
  • "Leah"
    (Song by Roy Orbison)
  • Leah Murphy
    ("Grey's Anatomy")

Places

  • Leah Peak
    (British Columbia, Canada)

What Is the Meaning of Leah?

Leah means “weary” or “delicate.” It is a name that suggests a sense of gentleness and subtle beauty.

What Is the Origin of The Name Leah?

Leah has Hebrew origins and is found in the Old Testament of the Bible. Leah was the first wife of Jacob and the mother of six of the twelve tribes of Israel.

Leah Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Leah in the U.S. over the Years

United States flagUnited States#462021#522022#532023
Top 3 Rankings#242010#292009#292011

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Leah

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202353
(-1 from 2022)
3953
(-235 from 2022)
0.22599
202252
(-6 from 2021)
4188
(-281 from 2021)
0.23357
202146
(-1 from 2020)
4469
(-54 from 2020)
0.24945
202045
(-3 from 2019)
4523
(-256 from 2019)
0.25587
201942
(-1 from 2018)
4779
(-255 from 2018)
0.26045
201841
(-1 from 2017)
5034
(-163 from 2017)
0.27070
201740
(-3 from 2016)
5197
(-235 from 2016)
0.27510
201637
(-1 from 2015)
5432
(-198 from 2015)
0.28060
201536
(-1 from 2014)
5630
(+21 from 2014)
0.28859
201435
(-3 from 2013)
5609
(-6 from 2013)
0.28671
201332
(+1 from 2012)
5615
(-164 from 2012)
0.29128
201233
(-4 from 2011)
5779
(-620 from 2011)
0.29797
201129
(-5 from 2010)
6399
(-142 from 2010)
0.33024
201024
(+5 from 2009)
6541
(-248 from 2009)
0.33361
200929
(+11 from 2008)
6789
(+1156 from 2008)
0.33525
200840
(+27 from 2007)
5633
(+1078 from 2007)
0.27044
200767
(+1 from 2006)
4555
(-101 from 2006)
0.21521
200668
No change from 2005
4656
(+57 from 2005)
0.22272
200568
(-4 from 2004)
4599
(-144 from 2004)
0.22660
200464
(+17 from 2003)
4743
(+818 from 2003)
0.23506
200381
(+6 from 2002)
3925
(+321 from 2002)
0.19562
200287
No change from 2001
3604
(+83 from 2001)
0.18248
200187
(+10 from 2000)
3521
(+123 from 2000)
0.17774
200097
(+6 from 1999)
3398
(+110 from 1999)
0.17026
1999103
(+3 from 1998)
3288
(+70 from 1998)
0.16889
1998106
(-2 from 1997)
3218
(+15 from 1997)
0.16600
1997104
(-6 from 1996)
3203
(-124 from 1996)
0.16776
199698
(+5 from 1995)
3327
(+53 from 1995)
0.17353
1995103
(-2 from 1994)
3274
(+69 from 1994)
0.17038
1994101
(-9 from 1993)
3205
(-209 from 1993)
0.16441
199392
(+4 from 1992)
3414
(-17 from 1992)
0.17316
199296
(-5 from 1991)
3431
(-385 from 1991)
0.17115
199191
(-9 from 1990)
3816
(-108 from 1990)
0.18766
199082
(+1 from 1989)
3924
(+140 from 1989)
0.19100
198983
(-1 from 1988)
3784
(+226 from 1988)
0.18994
198882
No change from 1987
3558
(+104 from 1987)
0.18501
198782
(-4 from 1986)
3454
(-3 from 1986)
0.18429
198678
No change from 1985
3457
(-115 from 1985)
0.18732
198578
(+5 from 1984)
3572
(+36 from 1984)
0.19347
198483
(-1 from 1983)
3536
(+52 from 1983)
0.19608
198382
(-3 from 1982)
3484
(-278 from 1982)
0.19467
198279
(+2 from 1981)
3762
(-46 from 1981)
0.20735
198181
(+3 from 1980)
3808
(+167 from 1980)
0.21291
198084
(+14 from 1979)
3641
(+564 from 1979)
0.20448
197998
(+10 from 1978)
3077
(+367 from 1978)
0.17856
1978108
(+4 from 1977)
2710
(+124 from 1977)
0.16485
1977112
(+7 from 1976)
2586
(+316 from 1976)
0.15720
1976119
(+13 from 1975)
2270
(+151 from 1975)
0.14441
1975132
(+17 from 1974)
2119
(+276 from 1974)
0.13576
1974149
(+26 from 1973)
1843
(+255 from 1973)
0.11767
1973175
(+4 from 1972)
1588
(-4 from 1972)
0.10218
1972179
(+5 from 1971)
1592
(-98 from 1971)
0.09873
1971184
(+8 from 1970)
1690
(+18 from 1970)
0.09643
1970192
(+18 from 1969)
1672
(+182 from 1969)
0.09127
1969210
(-15 from 1968)
1490
(-126 from 1968)
0.08453
1968195
(+4 from 1967)
1616
(+19 from 1967)
0.09452
1967199
(+21 from 1966)
1597
(+218 from 1966)
0.09302
1966220
(+8 from 1965)
1379
(-6 from 1965)
0.07854
1965228
(+2 from 1964)
1385
(-37 from 1964)
0.07579
1964230
(+14 from 1963)
1422
(+123 from 1963)
0.07265
1963244
(+51 from 1962)
1299
(+323 from 1962)
0.06534
1962295
(+37 from 1961)
976
(+170 from 1961)
0.04815
1961332
(+10 from 1960)
806
(+34 from 1960)
0.03880
1960342
(+10 from 1959)
772
(+34 from 1959)
0.03712
1959352
(+5 from 1958)
738
(+71 from 1958)
0.03550
1958357
(-22 from 1957)
667
(-73 from 1957)
0.03229
1957335
(+4 from 1956)
740
(+72 from 1956)
0.03527
1956339
(+17 from 1955)
668
(+76 from 1955)
0.03243
1955356
(+12 from 1954)
592
(+34 from 1954)
0.02953
1954368
(-21 from 1953)
558
(-22 from 1953)
0.02803
1953347
(+27 from 1952)
580
(+84 from 1952)
0.03006
1952374
(-4 from 1951)
496
(+17 from 1951)
0.02608
1951370
(+15 from 1950)
479
(+37 from 1950)
0.02593
1950385
(-16 from 1949)
442
(-9 from 1949)
0.02513
1949369
(+34 from 1948)
451
(+64 from 1948)
0.02569
1948403
(+7 from 1947)
387
(-1 from 1947)
0.02221
1947410
(+21 from 1946)
388
(+64 from 1946)
0.02134
1946431
(-10 from 1945)
324
(+39 from 1945)
0.02009
1945421
(-7 from 1944)
285
(-21 from 1944)
0.02117
1944414
(+3 from 1943)
306
(-2 from 1943)
0.02239
1943417
(-24 from 1942)
308
(-22 from 1942)
0.02146
1942393
(-41 from 1941)
330
(-21 from 1941)
0.02373
1941352
(-18 from 1940)
351
(-14 from 1940)
0.02817
1940334
(-12 from 1939)
365
(-8 from 1939)
0.03090
1939322
(+2 from 1938)
373
(-3 from 1938)
0.03289
1938324
(-17 from 1937)
376
(-32 from 1937)
0.03294
1937307
(+28 from 1936)
408
(+62 from 1936)
0.03703
1936335
(-1 from 1935)
346
(-16 from 1935)
0.03211
1935334
(-19 from 1934)
362
(-33 from 1934)
0.03331
1934315
(+21 from 1933)
395
(+57 from 1933)
0.03649
1933336
(+40 from 1932)
338
(+42 from 1932)
0.03231
1932376
(-16 from 1931)
296
(-23 from 1931)
0.02676
1931360
(+16 from 1930)
319
(-7 from 1930)
0.02890
1930376
(+5 from 1929)
326
(+17 from 1929)
0.02795
1929381
(-49 from 1928)
309
(-96 from 1928)
0.02669
1928332
(+38 from 1927)
405
(+60 from 1927)
0.03388
1927370
(-51 from 1926)
345
(-91 from 1926)
0.02790
1926319
(-3 from 1925)
436
(-8 from 1925)
0.03544
1925316
(-20 from 1924)
444
(-61 from 1924)
0.03515
1924296
(-2 from 1923)
505
(+18 from 1923)
0.03898
1923294
(-1 from 1922)
487
(+2 from 1922)
0.03888
1922293
(-1 from 1921)
485
(-29 from 1921)
0.03888
1921292
(-6 from 1920)
514
(-9 from 1920)
0.04017
1920286
(-9 from 1919)
523
(-4 from 1919)
0.04204
1919277
(-18 from 1918)
527
(-61 from 1918)
0.04486
1918259
(+10 from 1917)
588
(+54 from 1917)
0.04890
1917269
(-3 from 1916)
534
(+20 from 1916)
0.04752
1916266
(-14 from 1915)
514
(-38 from 1915)
0.04734
1915252
(-6 from 1914)
552
(+95 from 1914)
0.05391
1914246
(+2 from 1913)
457
(+87 from 1913)
0.05737
1913248
(+9 from 1912)
370
(+68 from 1912)
0.05650
1912257
(+13 from 1911)
302
(+100 from 1911)
0.05147
1911270
(-2 from 1910)
202
(-5 from 1910)
0.04572
1910268
(+3 from 1909)
207
(+31 from 1909)
0.04934
1909271
(-22 from 1908)
176
(-18 from 1908)
0.04781
1908249
(-15 from 1907)
194
(-6 from 1907)
0.05472
1907234
(+21 from 1906)
200
(+36 from 1906)
0.05927
1906255
(-8 from 1905)
164
(-4 from 1905)
0.05232
1905247
(+12 from 1904)
168
(+19 from 1904)
0.05422
1904259
(-33 from 1903)
149
(-26 from 1903)
0.05095
1903226
(+5 from 1902)
175
(+4 from 1902)
0.06291
1902231
(-21 from 1901)
171
(-13 from 1901)
0.06100
1901210
(+42 from 1900)
184
(+18 from 1900)
0.07238
1900252
(-29 from 1899)
166
(+17 from 1899)
0.05224
1899223
(-12 from 1898)
149
(-36 from 1898)
0.06020
1898211
(+15 from 1897)
185
(+38 from 1897)
0.06748
1897226
(-15 from 1896)
147
(-22 from 1896)
0.05921
1896211
(-20 from 1895)
169
(-34 from 1895)
0.06707
1895191
(+3 from 1894)
203
(+21 from 1894)
0.08215
1894194
(+4 from 1893)
182
(+15 from 1893)
0.07713
1893198
(-2 from 1892)
167
(+4 from 1892)
0.07415
1892196
(-6 from 1891)
163
(+19 from 1891)
0.07247
1891190
(-6 from 1890)
144
(-18 from 1890)
0.07326
1890184
(+13 from 1889)
162
(+28 from 1889)
0.08033
1889197
(+10 from 1888)
134
(+16 from 1888)
0.07082
1888207
(+21 from 1887)
118
(+35 from 1887)
0.06229
1887228
(-9 from 1886)
83
No change from 1886
0.05340
1886219
(-7 from 1885)
83
(-2 from 1885)
0.05399
1885212
No change from 1884
85
(+6 from 1884)
0.05988
1884212
(+11 from 1883)
79
(+14 from 1883)
0.05742
1883223
(+7 from 1882)
65
(+9 from 1882)
0.05414
1882230
(-22 from 1881)
56
(+4 from 1881)
0.04840
1881208
No change from 1880
52
(-2 from 1880)
0.05260
1880208
First SSA data recorded
54
First SSA data recorded
0.05533

American States Popularity Rankings for Leah

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

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New York (NY)

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Texas (TX)

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Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#502021#652022#792023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#1022021#752022#932023

Florida (FL)

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Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#572021#552022#602023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#882021#882022#972023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#102021#122022#102023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#622021#722022#622023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#672021#942022#1012023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#942021#802022#742023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#992021#1232022#1482023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#732021#1162022#862023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#992021#812022#1202023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#572021#782022#842023

Washington (WA)

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Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#982021#762022#1052023

Maryland (MD)

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Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#1162021#1252022#1172023

Louisiana (LA)

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Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#492021#442022#532023

Colorado (CO)

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Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#1392021#1012022#1222023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#492021#792022#872023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#1092021#2322022#1382023

Connecticut (CT)

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Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#1222021#1122022#1282023

Kansas (KS)

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Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#872021#842022#962023

South Carolina (SC)

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Utah (UT)

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Arkansas (AR)

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West Virginia (WV)

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Mississippi (MS)

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Nebraska (NE)

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New Mexico (NM)

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Nevada (NV)

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Maine (ME)

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Idaho (ID)

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New Hampshire (NH)

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North Dakota (ND)

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Rhode Island (RI)

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South Dakota (SD)

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District of Columbia (DC)

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Hawaii (HI)

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Montana (MT)

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Delaware (DE)

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Alaska (AK)

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Vermont (VT)

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Wyoming (WY)

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Popularity Rankings for Leah in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Other American Territories

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Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#142021#232022#182023

Popularity in Norway

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Popularity in Puerto Rico

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Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#372021#502022#432023

Popularity in Canada

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Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#862021#692022#702023

Popularity in Australia (NSW)

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Popularity in New Zealand

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Popularity in Chile

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Popularity in Scotland

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Popularity in England and Wales

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Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#1392020#1952021#1492022

Popularity in Austria

Austria flagAustria#1402020#1502021#1642022

Popularity in Iceland

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Popularity in Mexico

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Popularity in Poland

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Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#4962020#4082021#4442022

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Leah a Name for Boys or Girls?

The name Leah has a feminine sound and has been used for female babies for centuries.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Leah

Leah in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Leah Remini (Actress, born 1970): Known for her role as Carrie Heffernan on the sitcom "The King of Queens," she is also a former member of the Church of Scientology and an outspoken critic of the organization.
  • Leah Chase (Chef, 1923–2019): An acclaimed chef and restaurateur, she was known as the "Queen of Creole Cuisine" and operated the famous Dooky Chase's Restaurant in New Orleans.
  • Leah Pipes (Actress, born 1988): An American actress best known for her roles in "Sorority Row" and "The Originals."
  • Leah McSweeney (Fashion Designer, born 1982): Founder of the streetwear brand Married to the Mob, and a cast member on "The Real Housewives of New York City."
  • Leah Clearwater ("Twilight" Series, 2005 Books and Films): A Quileute werewolf and the only female member of the pack, she struggles with her transformation and the dynamics of her pack.
  • "Leah" (1965 Song): A song by Roy Orbison, which tells the story of a man longing for his love, Leah.
  • Leah Murphy ("Grey's Anatomy," 2005 TV Series): A surgical resident at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital who faces many challenges in her career.
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