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45k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
10k
in the U.S.
in 2010

Leigh

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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 248 168 80
1951 267 184 83
1952 291 189 102
1953 344 241 103
1954 418 321 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 923 841 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 1,571 1,484 87
1971 1,498 1,424 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 643 603 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

Fun Facts about the name Leigh

  • How many people with the first name Leigh have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 44,839 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 1969 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Leigh ranks 82nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Alabama. Imagine that, 81 babies in Alabama have the same name as you in 1969.
  • 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 Gielh. 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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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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Leigh" mean? The list below shows the origins of Leigh as well as things modernly associated with the name Leigh such as celebrities named Leigh.

English

Origin and Meaning of Leigh

The name "Leigh" is 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)
  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.

Leigh Whannell

Leigh Whannell is an actor, screenwriter, producer, and director with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1996 to present. Leigh was born in 1977 in Melbourne, Australia.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Leigh

Leigh Alexander
Leigh Griffiths
Leigh Williams
Leigh Allyn Baker
Leigh Anne Pinnock
Leigh Anne Tuohy
Leigh Bodden
Leigh Daniel Avidan
Leigh Taylor Young

Notable Persons With the Last Name Leigh

Chyler Leigh

Chyler Leigh is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1996 to present. Chyler was born in 1982 as Chyler Leigh Potts in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.

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Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1917 to 1967. Vivien was born in 1913 as Vivian Mary Hartley in Darjeeling, British India.

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Jennifer Jason Leigh

Jennifer Jason Leigh is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1971 to present. Jennifer was born in 1962 as Jennifer Leigh Morrow in Hollywood, California, U.S.

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Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1947 to 2004. Janet was born in 1927 as Jeanette Helen Morrison in Merced, California, U.S.

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Suzanna Leigh

Suzanna Leigh is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1956 to 1978. Suzanna was born in 1945 as Suzanna Smyth in Berkshire, England.

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Barbara Leigh

Barbara Leigh is an actress and model with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1969 to 1979. Barbara was born in 1946 as Barbara Ann Kish in Ringgold, Georgia, United States.

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Ashton Leigh

Ashton was born in 1975.

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Danni Leigh

Danni Leigh is a singer specializing in country music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1998 to present. Danni was born in 1970.

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Janey Leigh

Janey was born in 1927.

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What does the name Leigh mean?

Lis for listen, one of your best traits.

Eis for electric, a sparkling trait!

Iis for imagination, never be afraid to share your ideas

Gis for goal, your eye on the future.

His for humble, a saintly quality.

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