Biblical name (meaning ‘languid’ in Hebrew), borne by the elder sister of Rachel (Genesis 29:23). Jacob served her father Laban for seven years in return for the hand of Rachel, but was deceived into marrying Leah first. He was then given Rachel as well, but had to labour seven more years afterwards. For a long time the name was mainly Jewish, although it also enjoyed some favour among the Puritans in the 16th century. It was taken up again in the 1980s and has been widely popular since the 1990s.