Name: Leah

Origin and Meaning of the Name Leah

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    (LEE ah; LAY ah)
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    This name may also be taken from the Hebrew word meaning "wild cow" or "gazelle".

    Biblically, Leah is the wife of Jacob and the older sister of Rachel. Jacob laboured for seven years for Leah's father Laban to win Rachel's hand. On his wedding night, he discovered that he had been given Leah rather than Rachel as a wife. He was allowed to marry Rachel a week later, but had to labour for a further seven years. Due to this deception, Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah. God blessed Leah with seven sons before Rachel became pregnant with Joseph (of the technicoloured dreamcoat).

    Leah is the name of a female wolf in the Stephenie Meyer Twilight series. Leah Bellefleur is a main character in Joyce Carol Oates gothic novel "Bellefluer"

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