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Leigh

First Name
45k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
10k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of Leigh

"Leigh" is a name of English origin, and it means "Field". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. English film actress (1913-1967)
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​, variant of Lee.
  2. A male given name, transferred from the surname.
  3. A female given name, transferred from the surname.
  4. A town in Greater Manchester, England.
  5. Villages in Dorset, Kent, Surrey, Wiltshire and Worcestershire, England.

Notable Persons Named Leigh

Leigh Anne Tuohy is a famous person.

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Leigh Whannell is an actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. He has been prominent since 1996. Leigh was born on January 17th, 1977.

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Leigh Griffiths is a soccer player for the Celtic F.C., Hibernian F.C., Falkirk F.C., Livingston F.C., Dundee F.C., Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., Scotland national under-19 football team, Scotland national under-21 football team, and Scotland national football B team. Leigh was born on August 20th, 1990 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Leigh Francis is a character comedy, impressionist (entertainment), parody, and sketch comedy comedian. Leigh was born Leigh Francis on April 30th, 1973 in Beeston, Leeds.

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Leigh Nash is a pop rock, soft rock, adult album alternative, and country music musician. She has been prominent since 1992. Leigh was given the name Leigh Bingham on June 27th, 1976 in New Braunfels, Texas, U.S.

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Leigh Taylor-Young is an actress. She has been prominent since 1966. Leigh was given the name Leigh Young on January 25th, 1945 in Washington, D.C., U.S. Leigh is also known as Leigh Taylor and Leigh Taylor Young.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Leigh

Jennifer Jason Leigh is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1971 to present. Jennifer was given the name Jennifer Leigh Morrow by her parents Vic Morrow and Barbara Turner (actress) on February 5th, 1962 in Hollywood, California, U.S.

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Vivien Leigh was an actress. She holds the title Lady Olivier and Lady Olivier (1947–60). Her most notable accomplishments were from 1917 to present. Vivien was given the name Vivian Mary Hartley on November 5th, 1913 in Darjeeling. She left this life on July 8th, 1967.

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Chyler Leigh is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1996 to present. Chyler was given the name Chyler Leigh Potts on April 10th, 1982 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Janet Leigh was an actress. Her career lasted from 1947 to 2004. Janet was given the name Jeanette Helen Morrison on July 6th, 1927 in Merced, California, U.S. She breathed her last breath on October 3rd, 2004.

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Mike Leigh is a director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1963 to present. Mike was born on February 20th, 1943 in Brocket Hall, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, England.

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Cherami Leigh is a voice actress, actress, and disc jockey. She has had major accomplishments since 1997. Cherami was given the name Cherami Leigh Kuehn on July 19th, 1988 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.

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How popular is the baby name Leigh in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1882 5 0 5
1885 7 0 7
1886 8 0 8
1887 6 0 6
1888 7 0 7
1891 5 0 5
1892 9 0 9
1894 8 0 8
1895 8 0 8
1896 7 0 7
1897 8 0 8
1899 5 0 5
1906 5 0 5
1907 6 0 6
1908 5 0 5
1910 6 0 6
1911 9 0 9
1912 27 9 18
1913 17 0 17
1914 20 5 15
1915 37 6 31
1916 26 5 21
1917 42 10 32
1918 38 7 31
1919 48 7 41
1920 42 9 33
1921 43 11 32
1922 38 9 29
1923 53 12 41
1924 55 13 42
1925 46 9 37
1926 49 13 36
1927 51 10 41
1928 55 6 49
1929 40 9 31
1930 48 13 35
1931 52 17 35
1932 39 10 29
1933 30 8 22
1934 46 9 37
1935 54 9 45
1936 63 9 54
1937 69 12 57
1938 77 23 54
1939 60 18 42
1940 93 28 65
1941 95 35 60
1942 120 51 69
1943 112 35 77
1944 109 46 63
1945 152 74 78
1946 210 125 85
1947 219 114 105
1948 215 122 93
1949 267 163 104
1950 247 167 80
1951 267 184 83
1952 291 189 102
1953 344 241 103
1954 417 320 97
1955 586 460 126
1956 711 613 98
1957 700 616 84
1958 709 620 89
1959 752 672 80
1960 850 771 79
1961 924 842 82
1962 968 892 76
1963 1,057 981 76
1964 1,127 1,050 77
1965 930 870 60
1966 1,043 972 71
1967 1,432 1,344 88
1968 1,509 1,427 82
1969 1,640 1,563 77
1970 1,572 1,485 87
1971 1,497 1,423 74
1972 1,270 1,210 60
1973 1,126 1,078 48
1974 1,262 1,225 37
1975 1,122 1,065 57
1976 984 930 54
1977 1,016 954 62
1978 971 916 55
1979 1,192 1,126 66
1980 1,241 1,178 63
1981 1,178 1,099 79
1982 1,037 958 79
1983 924 865 59
1984 947 883 64
1985 831 773 58
1986 769 718 51
1987 723 668 55
1988 757 714 43
1989 642 602 40
1990 550 522 28
1991 478 445 33
1992 446 423 23
1993 383 371 12
1994 301 287 14
1995 246 230 16
1996 230 219 11
1997 205 191 14
1998 155 146 9
1999 161 150 11
2000 137 123 14
2001 127 116 11
2002 91 83 8
2003 89 83 6
2004 80 73 7
2005 69 63 6
2006 63 63 0
2007 52 45 7
2008 62 57 5
2009 65 60 5
2010 57 49 8
2011 44 44 0
2012 44 38 6
2013 48 48 0
2014 64 56 8
2015 54 47 7
2016 67 62 5

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Popularity of Leigh as a first name

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Popularity of Leigh as a last name

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Common last names for Leigh

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Hunt
  • Wilson
  • Williams
  • Freeman
  • Jones
  • Green
  • Turner
  • Anderson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Leigh U.S.
  White 77.45% 64.26%
  African American 14.69% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.41% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.61% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.15% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.69% 16.26%

Of Last Name Leigh

People with the last name Leigh are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Leigh

  • How Popular is the name Leigh? Leigh is the 1,057th most popular name of all time. As a last name Leigh was the 3,499th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Leigh have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 44,904 babies born with the first name Leigh in the United States. That's more than enough people named Leigh to occupy the territory of Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 44,493 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Leigh? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Leigh first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Leigh is Wednesday, December 20th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Leigh born? The highest recorded use of the first name Leigh was in 1969 with a total of 1,563 babies. That's a lot of babies named Leigh!
  • Random Leigh Factoid: According to the 1972 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Leigh ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, 71 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 1972.
  • Weird things about the name Leigh: Your name in reverse order is Hgiel. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hgeli. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Leigh? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 10,213 people with the last name Leigh.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Leigh? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Leigh as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.