Leia Name Meaning

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What Does Leia Mean?

The name Leia has a few different variations and meanings. In Hebrew, it means "weary," though it could also be translated as "languid, relaxed." In Hawaiian, it means "child of heaven" or "heavenly flowers." In Assyrian, it means "mistress." And in Latin, it means "lioness."

Regardless of meaning, the name Leia is most often recognized because of the "Star Wars" films, in which it was the name of Princess Leia, one of the franchise's main characters.

  • Origin: Leia originally stems from the Greek Old Testament and is another form of the biblical name Leah.
  • Gender: Leia is most often used as a girl name.
  • Pronunciation: LAY-a (English)

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular Is the Name Leia?

Prior to 1978, the name Leia had never appeared on the list of top 1,000 baby names in the United States. But the first Star Wars movie was released in 1977, and the name made its debut at number 911 the following year.

Since then, the name Leia has seen a slow rise in popularity. In fact, it only appeared in the top 1,000 baby names in 1978 and 1980 before dropping off the list completely again in 2006. Since then, the name has consistently remained in the top 1,000 baby names in the United States, reaching peak popularity in 2017 when it appeared at 282 on the list.

In 2020, the name came in as No. 295 most popular baby girl name in the United States, having been given to 1078 newborns that year.

Name Variations

There are a few different variations and spellings of the name Leia:

  • Lea (Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German)
  • Leah (Hebrew, English)
  • Leja (Lithuanian)
  • Lia (Latin, Galician, Greek, Italian)
  • Lya (French)

Similar Names

Other girl names inspired by popular culture:

  • Arya ("Game of Thrones")
  • Lane ("Gilmore Girls")
  • Luna ("Harry Potter")
  • Maeby ("Arrested Development")
  • Meadow ("The Sopranos")
  • Millie ("Stranger Things")
  • Piper ("Orange Is the New Black")
  • River ("Firefly")
  • Willow ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")

Other girl names that start with ‘L’:

  • Lacey
  • Layla
  • Leighton
  • Lennyn
  • Letty
  • Lexi
  • Lilah
  • Lily
  • Liv
  • Lorelai

Suggested Sibling Names

Some names that may go well with Leia are:     

  • Christian
  • Dashiell
  • Emmitt
  • Fiona
  • Luke
  • Pacey
  • River
  • Vayda
  • Vera

More Baby Names

Still searching for the perfect baby name? Check out these related baby name lists for even more options: 

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  1. Social Security Administration. Popularity of the Name Leia. Updated 2020.