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The meaning of the name Lea is ‘a vast meadow’, ‘a pasture’, ‘delicate’ or ‘languid’. Lea is taken from the Hebrew name Leah. In the stories in the Hebrew Bible, Leah is Jacob’s first wife and Rachel’s older sister. Jacob was in love with Rachel, however, to be allowed to marry her Jacob had to offer seven years of servitude to her father, Laban. Upon the completion of the seven years, Jacob is tricked by Laban into marrying Leah instead of Rachel, as it was against the custom to marry the younger offspring before the older ones. This name was adopted by the Puritans and has become widespread among the Christian communities. In contrast, according to the Hawaiian mythology, Lea was the goddess of the canoe builders. Lea Michele, popularly known for her performance in the hit TV show 'Glee', is one famous personality with this name. Some other famous figures with the name Lea are 'Back to the Future' actress Lea Thompson and social media influencer Lea Elui.

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The name Leah is of Hebrew origins and the meaning of Leah is ‘wild cow’. Although this name is originally from the Hebrew language, in Ancient Greek its meaning is ‘weary’ or ‘tired’. Leah is a name with biblical significant as she was the wife of Jacob, who is one of the key figures in the Bible. The name first appears in the 'Book of Genesis’. She was unloved, as Jacob wanted to marry her sister but was tricked into marrying Leah. As his wife, Leah was unhappy. She was so alone that even the Lord took mercy on her and blessed her with many children as consolation. Despite Leah’s relentless efforts, she received no attention from her husband, thus attaching another meaning to her name, as Leah can also mean ‘lonely’. Leah was also the name of the mother of six leaders of Israel’s twelves tribes. In medieval Christian symbolism, Leah is taken as a symbol of the 'active', that is, a non-monastic life.

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A name with Hebrew origins, the meaning of Leia is ‘child of heaven’. When used as a first name, it also means ‘heavenly flowers’. Leia is the name borne by the eldest sister of Rachel and the first wife of Jacob in the Old Testament. With a variant of the spelling, there is a city in Pakistan called Leyyiah. ‘Languid’ or ‘relaxed’ are other meanings for this short name. In Japanese, Leia means ‘delicate’. According to the Latin language, Leia also means ‘lioness’. In Islamic culture, this name means ‘mistress’ or ‘ruler’. It has a similar meaning in Hindi, where it means 'to take'. One famous fictional character with the name is Princess Leia, from the ‘Star Wars’ series. Played by Carrie Fisher, she is known for her tough attitude and her iconic space buns.

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The Hebrew name Lena is a shorter version of the name Magdalena. Hence, the name translates to ‘the one from the city of Magdala’. Magdala was an ancient city which was situated along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. It was also called Magdala Nunayya which translates to ‘Tower of the Fishes’. Lena offers many meanings in various languages. The meaning of Lena is ‘bright’, ‘beautiful’, ‘light’. Lena in Arabic translates to ‘kind’, ‘affectionate’, ‘generous’. The Latin meaning of this name is ‘the one that allures’. Persians interpret Lena as ‘pretty girl’, ‘sunlight’, ‘brightness’. The Siberian river Lena flows into Russia and finally merges with the Arctic Ocean. The role of Cersei Lannister in 'Game Of Thrones' was played by Lena Headey. Lena Dunham is an actress with this name, best known for her role in the HBO show ‘Girls’. Queen Elizabeth’s second great-granddaughter goes by the name Lena Elizabeth Tindall.

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Levi is said to be of Hebrew origin. The meaning of Levi translates to ‘joined in harmony, attached’, coming from the Hebrew word, 'yillaweh' which means the same. Levi was the name of Leah and Jacob’s third son in the Bible. Jacob did not give his blessing to Levi or older brothers, Simeon and Reuben, but instead blessed his fourth son, Judah. Hence, Levi’s descendants had the fate of being dispersed throughout the nation as priests with no territory of their own. One of the twelve tribes of Israelites of the ancient Judah, the Levite tribe, is known to have borne this name after their ancestor, Levi. Also, before Matthew became Jesus’s apostle, he was known as Levi. A popular jeans brand, Levi's, was created by Levi Strauss.

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