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  • Records indicate that 37,741 girls in the United States have been named Leigh since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1969, when 1,564 people in the U.S. were given the name Leigh. Those people are now 51 years old.

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      38 Positive Comments

  • "For 23 years I didn't realize I have a First and middle name, until I actually looked at my birth certificate Leigh is my first name and I have a middle name, all of those years, I thought that my first and middle name was one name;until I joined the Navy and learned that I had a first and middle name. Now, all of my new friends and coworker call me Leigh all of my family and old friends call me my middle name. I love the name Leigh, I feel very confident wit that name, it has strength and beauty and I love it." Jun. 8, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Leigh and I used to really hate it, but it's really cute and unique and also very simple. Kinda exotic in a way but not overdone" Dec. 31, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name used to be Leigh Ann with no middle name, as in, that was what I was called and there was nothing else after it except my last name. I had my name changed to Leigh Alivia when I was 18 and had been going by Leigh only when I was 15. I enjoy the simple sound of the name and I like the unique spelling." Nov. 28, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Leigh Ann but I go by Leigh. To me it sounds more sophisticated. It is often mispronounced, for example some say it as (lay). Lol I couldn't imagine having any other name." Nov. 22, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Leigh Erin, when i was younger i told my mum off for calling me a boys name! Now Im 21 and love it. I haven't met another Leigh and therefore I'm unique....well in my area anyway!" Oct. 15, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura Leigh. I'm from the Midwest born in the early 60's. My mom was born and raised in Alabama. Living in the Midwest, people constantly pronounced it wrong and my aunt (mom's sister-in-law, from the Midwest) continually argued that it was a boy's name because her son, who was born in the late 50's, was named Michael Leigh. I moved to Alabama two years ago and I have seen the name Leigh quite often, mainly as a middle name. There is even a street called Laura Leigh Ln. I am wondering if it is mainly a southern name?" Aug. 13, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I too am a Leigh, I love my name. I go by Leigh Ann though. Ann is my middle name. Leigh was a family name, though it has most often been used as a middle name. Originally my mom thought I was gonna be a boy. But when I wasnt I was named after both of my grandmothers. And I am glad, because apparently my mom went through a hippie phase and I was almost named November. Its kind of annoying that no one can ever pronounce it correctly or spell it correctly. But I wouldnt change it for anything." Jan. 5, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Leigh. But my parents stupidly called me Leigh-Ann, leading to everyone calling me Leanne which I hate. So, I just pretend my name is Leigh, which I love." Oct. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Josette leigh :) And I love it. But hate Josette hahaha" Jan. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Here's another "Leigh" comin' at ya'! Love the name...I was the only girl with 5 brothers & everyone wanted to tag their name on finally they named me after each Grandmother - Leigh and Ann - and then I ended up with four first names because my last name is also a girl's 1st name! I stopped going by my first name after 28 years (it never did fit me!) and decided to go by my middle name Leigh Ann, but spelled it as one word: LeighAnn....and oddly enough, my entire family and friends all started calling me LeighAnn as if nothing had ever changed....then we all got fooled, because people somehow shortened it to the nickname: "L.A.", which also fits me....go figure.....originally my Grandmother's name was spelled "Lee", but we have some English heritage with the last name Leigh and my Mother thought the English spelling was prettier and I'm really glad she thought so! L.A." Dec. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Leigh as well, Im from Israel. I think it is simple and beautiful. It is a very peaceful name." Sep. 24, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I never used to like my name. But people tell me now that it's so unique and awesome, And I sorrta agree now. I'm told I suit the same and I really do, me being so simple yet unique (: I am also the only Leigh I know, thats cool! xxxxxxxxx GO LEIGH'S :D Leigh from Scotland" Sep. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Leigh Anne. I love my name for it's rarity and grace. I do have trouble with people not knowing how to spell it, but I don't really mind, I just spell it when I need to." Jun. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mum's name is Leigh and I think it's beautiful and simple. I love it as a middle name! My name's Rachel Leigh, I think the names sound good together and it reminds me of her- I'll have that with me forever :) Only bad things in my opinion are the lack of nick-names and the fact that it's a bit androgenous, but otherwise cool name! Rachel-20, NZ" Mar. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is actually Leigh-Ann, and I love my name...Its different than just plain old Leigh. I just don't find my name on this forum, so I am commenting here. Kudo's Leigh's!" Jan. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im an English girl Leigh too! I was born in 1988 and i love it. I wouldn't want a common name its nice when people comment on me having a beautiful name :)" Oct. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Leigh and I love it! Short and sweet, yet I think the spelling is beautiful. My dad knew he was going to name me Leigh when he was a teenager and not even married yet." Sep. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Leigh, and I love my name. I'm also male. I'm from the UK, and I gather it's a lot more popular with males here than over in the US judging by this board." Sep. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im an English Leigh! Born in 1984 in Birmingham, UK. I wouldn't change my name for anything else! I love it!!" Jun. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love it. It's short, simple, uncommon, yet not too "out there". And I love the spelling - I wouldn't like it as much as "Lee". It's a little weird how much I love my name..." Jun. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1985 as a Leigh (female). I love my name, it is uniqu and odd, fitting me perfectly. I do have a lot of people trying to call me lay or Leah, which in my mind is like calling me Bob, but i deff wouldnt trade it!! I have only met one other female named Leigh and she was quite a bit older then me. I also met a guy named Leigh, they were both happy with the spelling. I have to say though, i think it's more suited to females then males. At least this spelling." May. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name. I love it! I like that it's a name that not many people have. I don't have to share a name with someone in my class or anything. BUT, I do love meeting people with the name. It's beautiful. The only thing is that people always write my name Lee and pronounce it Leah or Lay. But overall, I recommend the name." Mar. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've never met anyone with my name! That makes it cool. Though yeh i've been called "lay" a lot in school and stuff, and people tend to think i'm a guy but whatever. its cool because leigh is unisex. when i was younger i wanted to change my name, but nah, its cool coz its different." Mar. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi. my name is leigh and its alright. its different but i absolutely love it. well normally i don't but all of you people have made me think about it so ROCK ON LEIGHs we have to stick together like the birds of a feather...this reminds me of a song... so be happy with your name.don't play games. its good to see WITH YOUR NAME LEIGH! tell me if you like it!!" Mar. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i think its beautiful name for boys and girls boys way [lee] girls way [leigh]" Feb. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i think its beautiful name for boys and girls boys way [lee] girls way [leigh]" Feb. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i think leigh is okay but it's my name and i'm the subject of a few jokes. nice leigh and nicely, hey leigh an haeleigh, etc." Jul. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ashleigh, and for a while it was a hassle. But now its unique, and I carry it proud." Jul. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Usually mispronounced "lay" or "leah",but I love it and its meaning. I think it sounds confident." Jun. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "it really annoys me when people call me leah im leigh. on my school reports my teachers call me boys. i love the name leigh it s great." Feb. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely adore my name! I often get comments that its such a strong name without being overly masculine, which I think fits me to a t. Whenever I am abroad I find that people have the hardest time understanding that my name is Leigh.. just Leigh! i often get "Emily?" or "Leigh what??". And then I just tend to nod.. :)" Nov. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "That is my name, and I love it. It is unusual and spunky." Nov. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "well im a man and im named leigh, ive always pronounced it lee, never really thought about how it should be pronounced. But i like lay better :)" Oct. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Leigh is my first name and I always felt the way it sounded was so plain and simple. But as I've gotten older, I've grown to love how its spelled. And the meaning is great too, 'meadow' but I've also seen 'from the meadow' which is why my mom named me it, she said it sounded so peaceful. And though it can be frustrating to have people stumble over the pronounciation when they first see it, more often than not its kind of amusing. Once in middle school, an elderly substitute called me "Lee-High" which made me and my friends laugh so hard we started to cry." Aug. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Leigh and the name rocks. I love that it's gender neutral but I don't think it comes off as masculine. People do indeed say it improperly or spell it wrong--but who cares? I also like that it's an ice-breaker--people always ask "are you a Leigh with an -igh"" Jul. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Leigh. I'm 21 and from the UK. My dad's a huge Bruce Lee fan and my mum would only let him name their second child (me) after him if I was a girl and it had to be spelt this way. She doesn't like the name Lee for a boy. Complicated I know but my parents are like that. I used to hate it at school, everyone either spelt it wrong on hearing it or pronounced it wrong on reading it, but everyone's always said its a really pretty name and its kind of unique. I don't know any other female Leigh's, have met a few but don't really know any, which I like. I've got used to it now and I love it." Jun. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Leigh is my name and people i don't know normally spell it Lee . They then pronounce it wrong by saying Lea or Leanne but to me my name is the name my mother and father named me and i would never choose a different name !" Jul. 7, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "People who don't know me spell my name wrong. But now it is more popular, people know how to spell it. Leigh is a strong and proud name and i wouldn't want to be named anything else. It is not "to masculine" at all." Jun. 21, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      4 Negative Comments

  • "Hi I'm a leigh!!! I do not like the name leigh i live a hard live because my name is leigh i always want to change my name !!! Help" Jul. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sure, Leigh is a pretty name...if you're a girl!! But if you're a guy like me, it's an endless battle of being made fun of. So please "parents to be", if you want to name your SON this name, spell it the boys way...Lee. Trust me, you don't want your son to go through what I've gone through for so many years. - Leigh (sigh!)" Jan. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "being the "Leigh" personally is oftentimes unsettling, in fact it's downright bizarre, at times so psychologically terrifying that I can't fathom the concept of life, I tend to focus on the unknown. life might be boring, but no matter how hard i try, i just can't live it. it is awfully lonely. I could settle with Leigh, since circumstances aren't going to change, any height, weight, or gender will do just fine. where's all the fun? i bet somebody's going to pass away. i'm excellent at failing, i'm too chicken to do what i need to do, but sacrifice a living human being. i don't want to pass, and i can't believe that everyone else took it upon themself to act as me and decide my life for me, you could've consulted me first. why should i have to do anything for anyone else or care or love, i wonder what it means to do those things, those are foreign concepts, love is killing me, so don't love." Nov. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "it sounds very plain to me i like the name leigha because it sounds more feminine but im not trying to say that i dont like the name leigh. i also find it kind of unique because i dont know anybody named leigh." May. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      26 Neutral Comments

  • "Look my name is Leigh and I love it. It decribes who I am. I have had trouble over the years with people not understanding that the pronunciation is lee and not lei or Leah. My own aunt doesn't know how to spell my name even though she known me my whole life. but in all fairness the name has its perks I love the nick names and its easy to spell since the rest of my name is pretty long. I love my name and I would be really happy to see more Leigh out there. At least then more people" Jun. 20, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "hie, i am Don-Leigh. I use to hate my name so bad cause many people they thinks that i am a boy.. the thing i like about it is its not too popular like any other names, its a unique and awesome name but i dont knw the meaning of it lol.. i am a Zimbabwean.." May. 7, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is Leigh Anne..but just as others, I didn't like the slurring into LEEYANN so she is just LEIGH..a very lovely name." Jan. 21, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi! I am a 1961 named Leigh --- just 8 years before it peaked in popularity! that is something I just found out by looking up the name on the internet! I am actually named after my aunt, "Aunt Lee", but my Mom looked the name up in the baby book and saw that the "proper" girl's spelling was "Leigh" so voila! I too am unique and deserve this very special name!" Oct. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love it! My name is Lauraleigh pronounced (Loralei). I think its a great name by itself or as a prefix." Mar. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My middle name is Leigh i used to think it was weird but now i think its unique and amazing!!:) i wouldnt change it ever :) when i have kids im gonna put "Leigh" in their name somehow lik "Ashleigh" or "Kaleigh" :D i live in USA and im 14" Feb. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a simple name, i have a friend named leigh and it fits her very well (:" Jan. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Leigh and I love it! Despite the lifetime of mispronounciations by teachers, etc. I wouldn't change my name for anything. My mom wanted to name me Emily when I was a bun in the oven, but when I came out, Leigh was chosen instead. Thanks, Mom!" Jan. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i find it ok as a second first name E.G Lucy-Leigh .... My name is Tamara and Leigh is my middle name but i hate it! I want to change it to Leigha" Oct. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi my names Leigh aswell :), im female and Scottish, i used to hate the name because people said it was a guys name and called me either lay or leigha but now im proud to have a different name than everyone else as i know to many people who have common names and wish they had a more unique name. love youu leighss (L) xxx" Sep. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Leigh and I hated it. I always got called Leigha or Leia in school. And people mispell it all the time too. Also, when you go places on vacation and they have those souvenirs with names, do you know how hard it is to find "Leigh" and how frustrating it is when your brother gets one every time and you never do? (Ok I'll stop ranting). I do like it as a middle name though." Jun. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names is leigh and i've never really liked it. I wish i had something more interesting. People whom i speak to for the first time, after telling them my names is leigh their reply is simply 'like the boys name' this annoys me. Although i don't really like it i don't know many girls with the same name." May. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i agree with the lady who said that it is a good middle i love my name its Savanna Leigh. leigh is a very good middle name." Mar. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is leigh and i think the name is Ok but, everyone in my school people judge other people by their names and Leigh is a bland name i wish i had a name like summer or something" Feb. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Leigh (female) but i wish i could change it a little make it a little more original because in my school class there are Three Of us with the same name and i'm the only girl it's really annoying but i still kinda like it x" Jan. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "there is a girl in my school named leigh and everyone knows her. shes pretty and has the most amazing hair ever. shes the ony girl leigh in our school" Dec. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it's a great name except when you want to get stuff with your name on it at a school but the great thing is, noone can make fun of it by making nicknames after it and you never meet anyone with the same FIRST name usually people have it as a middle name. so I think its a butiful name" Dec. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i gave birth to my beautiful daughter on 24 july 2008 and thru my entire pregnancy i thought i was carrying a boy,so what a shock it was to hear da doc say that she is a girl,my husband fainted and i thought lovely,a mini-me. And she was "pookie" 4 a couple of hours and then i came across this site and loved the insite u all had,we decided to name her Leigh! So thanx 2 al of u she wasnt stuck with "pookie"" Oct. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its ok i mean i mean its not my fav but its ok....." Jul. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jacqueline Leigh and I was born in 1980- I have always gone by Leigh. I like it- it's not weird, but it is unique and I never had to share my name with anyone in school. For anyone thinking of naming their daughter this, I am very feminine. Oddly enough, I would not like Leigha (or Leah)" Jun. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Although the spelling is nice, it sounds like Lee the boys and just doesnt sound right calling a girl Lee. Leigha is so much prettier and feminine." May. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is leigh and i was born in 1988. i love my name and would think that anyone should be happy to have it. its an uncommen name which is part of the reason i like my name so much. its well known but i dont know many people that share my name around my age. the only problem i would complain of would be no one ever being able to spell it correctly and always spelling it LEE the boys way when i am a girl" Feb. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Leigh and I'm a girl. The only problem I have with the name is the common mis-spelling and mis-pronunciations. Other than thia I love it!" Nov. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is leigh (pronounced Lee). People always ask me why it isn't spelled the easy way. And why isn't it pronounced "lay". But I hear people tell me its very beautiful, especially they way it is spelled, so I guess I will keep it for now." Aug. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was growing up, people often called me "Lay" or "Leah" on first look at my name. I don't like giving my name when I'm leaving a phone message for someone or walking-up at a coffee shop (so they know who to call when it's done) because I know that they will likely automatically spell it Lee - I've always thought it strange that an awkward letter like G is in such a pretty name. My parents named me after Lake Leigh in the Teton mountains. I like my name, overall, but sometimes I feel embarrassed like it is too masculine." Aug. 3, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My experiences with my name is people offen calling me leigh leigh. It is often spelt wrong too, as usual. I think Leigh is a very nice girls name and wouldn't change it for the world. I am a singer and apparently I need to have a stage name but I am adament on keeping it as Leigh or at least having it in the name. Leigh - meaning meadow! beats me why my mum chose a name that meant meadow." Jul. 5, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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