Do you think you have to use Leigh as the feminine version for a girl, or is Lee just as usable? Tbh my brain kind of reads "Leigh" as "Lay", especially when I think of Leia and how it's pronounced. But it seems every time I see Leigh suggested for a girl's name it's exclusively with that spelling.

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Kinda, yeah. I would be very surprised to meet a female Lee. It’s just so solidly a male name to me. And because Leigh exists as a more female variant, I think most people would assume a Lee is male based just on the name, even with other boy-names-on-girls being kind of popular.

That said though, I really don’t care for Leigh. I agree that the pronunciation doesn’t really make sense, though I think most people will get it right. It’s just long and bulky for no reason.

But personally, I just wouldn’t use Leigh or Lee for a girl. Neither spelling is really “good,” to me, and there are thousands of other names out there.


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Whenever I see Leigh I want to say 'lay' like 'nay' in neighbor. It's obviously not a problem most people have but it makes me prefer Lee, even for a girl.


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· 3 yr. ago

My sister's name is Leigh! She loves it. She was always the only Leigh in her classes in school. Ir was frequently mispronounced as "Leah" and "Lay," but it never seemed to bother her much.


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I have a female relative that's a "Lee" so I'm used to the spelling although I would imagine most would think of it as the male spelling. I also agree about Leigh looking more like it should be said "lay". I think it's a nice name regardless of the spelling, it's short, sweet, and retro.


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· 3 yr. ago

I really like the spelling of Leigh- I think it looks really pretty, I’d also pronounce it “Lee”.


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· 3 yr. ago

My middle name is "Lee" and I'm a woman. I always loved that my name was spelled that way vs the other girls with "Leigh" as a middle name. I also read it as "lay".


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· 3 yr. ago

My MIL's middle name was spelled Lee, so my daughter has that spelling as well for her middle. I don't think it's a big deal either way!


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· 3 yr. ago

I knew a woman growing up named Lee. I vastly prefer it to Leigh, which I also read as “lay”.


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· 3 yr. ago

I like Leigh. I normally see it in the context of "Leigh-Ann" though and it's a bit unusual on it's own. Idk if I would pronounced it "Lee" or "Lay".

Lee to me screams "last name". But it probably depends what area you are in and what cultures are prevalent around you.

Wiki says this about it's prevalence as a last name:

"In America, Lee is the most common surname for Chinese and Korean Americans and the second-most-common surname for Asian and Pacific Islanders, behind the Vietnamese Nguyen.

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<1> Similarly, Lee is the third-most-common surname among Chinese Singaporeans."

I can't tell if it copied the links in the text or just the formatting, either way the source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_(English_surname)


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· 3 yr. ago

My mom’s first name is Lee. Her middle name is Ann, so a lot of times she is called Lee Ann, but sometimes just Lee.


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