Alternate spellings: Lia, Lea, Leia
Leah is a Hebrew name that means “languid” – what a downer – and an Old Testament character from the book of Genesis. Yeah, this name’s been around for a while. It has been on the U.S. charts since 1880 and stayed sort of popular for decades, then climbed quickly to the top 100 in the late seventies. This may have been thanks to the Roy Orbison song, but we think Star Wars may have had something to do with it, too; Leah is a common alternative to Leia (and can have the same pronunciation – “lay-uhh” – if you wish).
Leah’s leapt again in the last few years: perhaps due to Leah Clearwater, a werewolf in the Twilight series. If Leah’s too typical, try alternate spellings Lia, Lea, or Leia.
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008