Origin of Leighfrom surname Leigh from Middle English leye: see lea
An example of Leigh is the singer and songwriter, Leigh Nash, who sang with the band Sixpence None the Richer.
- A meadow.
From Middle English legh, lege, lei (“clearing, open ground") from Old English lÄ“ah (“clearing in a forest") from Proto-Germanic *lauhÅ (“meadow"), from Proto-Indo-European *louk- (“field, meadow"). Akin to Old Frisian lÄch (“meadow"), Old Saxon lÅh (“forest, grove") (Middle Dutch loo (“forest, thicket"); Dutch -lo (“used in placenames")), Old High German lÅh (“covered clearing, low bushes"), Old Norse lÅ (“clearing, meadow"). More at Waterloo.
In the U.K. Leigh is occasionally seen as the feminine form of the male name Lee.
- Among the very numerous modern studies may be named an essay by Leigh Hunt entitled "The Gentleman Saint" (The Seer, pt.
- Spencer Leigh Hughes >>
- As a pastoral writer ("in some respects the best in the world," according to Leigh Hunt) he contributed, at an early stage, to the naturalistic reaction of the 18th century.
- A similar work on Lancashire, Cheshire and the Peak was sent out in 1700 by Leigh, and one on Cornwall by Borlase in 1758 - all these four being printed at Oxford.
- Owing to failing health he gave up his lectures in 1904, and in May 1906 resigned his mastership, in which he was succeeded by James Leigh Strachan-Davidson, who had previously for some time, as senior tutor and fellow, borne the chief burden of college administration.