Leigh Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: LEE (key)

Origin of the name Leigh:

Transferred use of the surname derived from the Old English lēah (wood, clearing, meadow), lee has the meaning "dweller by the wood or clearing." In Middle English, the spelling lēah evolved to leigh, legh. Lee is popularly used as a name element in combi

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Up to my late 40's I used my first name, which is is an odd name. During the 2012 recession while looking for my career job I decided to start using my middle name "Leigh" and what a difference it has made. I no longer feel the heavy burden of an odd name and yet "Leigh" is unique. It's simple but smart, delicate when used as a girls name but also strong, which fits since I was independent enough to make the decision to no longer be burdened by the first name my family chose for me.

"I'm a guy, my name's actually Jamie-Leigh and people always spell it "Lee" it actually can get annoying with the gender stereotypes around it but a lot of people have commented saying it's an nice and somewhat unique name, and through school and college I've found Leigh can be mixed with loads and loads of names which is amazing and makes me proud to have it."

"My middle name is Leigh but I've got by it my whole life, I didn't even know my first name until about second grade. Issues that are annoying are being occasional called "lay", having it spelled Lee, "you don't look chinese" ( I have red hair), or the dreaded childhood nickname 'LeeLee'. Pros of the name are I'm the only Leigh or Lee I've come across, and people have commented that its a pretty name.

"I often see the first name Leigh (pronounced 'Lee') paired with the middle name Anne. Leigh Anne, Leighanne, Leigh Anna, LeAnne, Etc. Its a nice combo!"

"I am using this (Spelling Leigh) for my daughter's middle name."

"Leigh is a very pretty, peaceful girl name that I like. Most of the Leigh's that I have known are beautiful"

"Leigh is a great name because it works well by itself, with a middle name attached (like Leigh Anne), or just as its own middle name. It's even nice for a last name. It's very versatile and I like the spelling!"

"Leigh seemed to be really popular as a middle name 20 years ago. Sort of the Rose of the 1980's. I know many college-age girls with Leigh as a middle name."

"My name is Leigh. Everyone pronounces it wrong. I always get weird looks when meeting people for the first time. I hate my name, I'm changing it ASAP, don't name your kids this, it's just awful."

"Leigh is my middle name and I don't mind it at all. I don't believe that I've ever really had it mispronounced. Then again, I was born in 1977 when it seemed that half the girls I knew all had the same middle name!"

I had all the childhood problems that everyone has stated bearing the name Leigh (pronounced Lee. There seems to be a moral imperative against one syllable names for girls that insist it be pronounced Lee-ah.) I was named after my godmother who was named after her godFATHER!) I hated it when I was young, but when I hit my teens I realized that I didn't know anyone who had my name. (I don't count those who use it as a middle name.) I decided that it took courage and daring to be a Leigh. I realized that since most people didn't know any Leighs, I could be THE definition of what a Leigh was. So these are some of the definitions that people who know me have used to describe THIS Leigh: intelligent, artistic, talented, funny, kind, insightful, understanding, generous, sexy, and beautiful. To everyone who knows me, I am one of a kind. I have grown to love my name. I could be defeated by my name or I could define it. I chose to define it. When I think I might have been named any of dozens of overused prissy girl names...I cringe!!!
Leigh McCormick

"My middle name is Leigh (first name Kyrsten)...I've always loved it as a middle name! its different and makes me feel special and unique!..I wish I had an awesome story to go with my name like it was passed on to me but how I got it was from the actress Vivian Leigh. I was told my mom was originally going to pronounce it Lay but she heard a nurse pronunce it Leigh and she just stuck with it! ...as for people who want to change it because no one ever gets it right, I think you'll have that with any name that's not "common" or spelled the common way. No one ever spells my full name correct or says it right (my first name is pronunced curse-ten) but I usually get everything but that! you get used to It. ENjoy your uniqueness! =D"

My name is Leigh. I really appreciate it, now . . . it's beautiful and unique . . . but in elementary school I had a coach that ALWAYS pronounced it "Leigh-a." I would get physically ill from the stress of it (I was a little shy!). Another mispronunciation is "Lay." That's just funny. My husband thought I was pulling his leg when I told him it was a common occurrence. He is now a believer! It's also great to have a built in holiday season name if you work in retail - "Sleigh."

Personal experiences with the name Leigh

My first name is Leigh and I LOVE it! It's short, but looks good on paper and I've only met 2 others in my lifetime, so it's definitely not common. I was called Lee Lee when I was little and my friends jokingly call me Lay sometimes, knowing that I dislike it (honestly, who would name their kid that?).

My mother (Linda)'s has an identical twin named Leigh. Leigh is a fantastic name and the spelling is great! My mum is just lucky she was born first because her twin is definitely the Leigh in "Linda and Leigh". Where my mother is serious and cautious, my auntie Leigh is boisterous and adventurous. Maybe they just grew into their names, or maybe it was just destiny that my auntie got such a perfectly suited name.

My name is Leigh and I love the spelling. It's unique and more feminine than Lee. People mess it up a little but it's really not that bad.

This is my mom's first name (Leigh Ann, she uses them together, born 1964) and my middle name (Alexandria Leigh, born 1990). She was sort-of named in honor of her step-mother, Leah. We pronounce it like Lee. Because it was my mom's first name I have a hand-me-down belt with it on the back, which is nice. Also is very pretty written in cursive.

I think that Leigh (pronounced 'Lee') is a beautiful and simple name. My first name is Leigh and it has treated me well, I have come to appreciate the name more and more over the years for its unique spelling and lovely sound. It's really nice to have a name that not many other people have.

"Hate it, it's my name. Changing it as soon as I can, because I'm tired of, "That's Chinese" and "That's a boy name" and I'm tired of being called 'leah, lay and laya.'"

My name is Leigh and I've had mixed feelings about my name but now, as an adult, I like it. People always comment on how pretty my name is spelled. I grew up in the south where girls with boy's names isn't unusual and that never bothered me (in fact I gave my daughter a "boy" name). Most of the time people tell me they don't even consider Leigh/Lee to be a strictly boy name. I do automatically spell it when giving my name to people (like putting my name on the list at a restaurant, "Leigh, L-E-I-G-H," it's just automatic now). The only thing that bothers me is when people pronounce it Lay or Leah.

My middle name is Leigh and I love the spelling of it and it did flow well with my deadname (Megan) and since I wanted to keep my middle name, I chose a name (Sage) that flowed well with Leigh!
-Sage Leigh

Nicknames for Leigh

LeighLeigh Bug

Meanings and history of the name Leigh

The girl's name Leigh \le(i)-gh\, can also used as boy's name Lee (Old English), and the meaning of Leigh is "delicate; weary; meadow or pasture".

Old English meaning "a meadow".

Greek Mythology:
as a way to describe the "true love", "there is a divine LEIGH in every woman, and a true LEIGH is and only will be the kind of woman who can ever change the heart of a man, even a god."

1n. A woman who generates an emotional response to a man which causes him to lose focus and the ability to speak.

2n. the single word to describe love-at-first-site with a woman.

Leigh is one of the lost wives of the Greek god Zeus.

Famous real-life people named Leigh

Leigh Bingham Nash, Singer-Songwriter (Sixpence None the Richer)

Leigh Dell, children's book author and illustrator (Christopher Kiwi's Adventure series and more)

Leigh Anne Tuohy, Interior Decorator that inspired Sandra Bullocks character in "The Blind Side"

Leigh Ann Larkin, Broadway Actress (ragtime, the sound of music..)

Leighanne Littrell, Model, Actress (Wife of Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys)

Leighton Marissa Meester, Actress (Gossip Girl)

Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Little Mix singer

Rachael Leigh Cook, Actress (She's all that, Josie and the pussycats)

Leigh Hunt, Poet

Leigh Teabing, fictional character in the popular 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code.

Chyler Leigh, Actress (Greys anatomy)

Vivian Leigh, Actress (Gone With the Wind)

Janet Leigh, Actress (Psycho)

Leigh in song, story & screen

Leigh Cabot is a character in Stephen King's book Christine
Lorelai Leigh Gilmore, known as Rory, is a main character in the hit TV series Gilmore Girls

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