Lea Name Meaning & Origin

Lea

Pronunciation: LAY-ə (key)

Origin of the name Lea:

Derived from the Hebrew lā'āh (weary, to tire). The name is borne in the Bible by the eldest daughter of Laban and the first of Jacob's four wives.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Léa, Leia, Ileana, Leah

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Comments and insights on the name Lea

We pronounce it Lee-uh.

I think you are thinking of Lea (like Lia or Leah) but this name is Léa (as in Princess Leia lol). The mark above the e doesn't show up. :/

It is also pronounced 'lee' or 'lay', from the word meaning 'meadow'.

Ela and Lea are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Personal experiences with the name Lea

My friend's name is technically Léa, complete with accent, but she hates being called Lay-uh (as in Princess Leia, if I must), so in English we ignore the accent and call her Lee-uh.

I'm from Quebec and my name is Léa, which in Canada is usually spoken lay-a but my parents didn't like that, so they called me Lee-ah. I like Lee-ah a lot better, and in America nobody ever says it wrong.

Nicknames for Lea

Leelee

Meanings and history of the name Lea
Famous real-life people named Lea

Lea Michele Sarfati - American actress and singer
Lea Katherine Thompson - American actress

Lea in song, story & screen

the American girl of the year,2016(book by Lisa Yee)

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