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Meaning and name origin

Leif \leif\ as a boy's name is pronounced life, layf, leef. It is of Scandinavian origin, and the meaning of Leif is "heir; loved". According to Norse legend, the Viking Leif Ericson landed his longboat on American shores some 500 years before Columbus arrived.


Leif has 1 variant form: Lief.


Leif is a somewhat popular first name for males (#1201 out of 1220, Top 98%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#35351 out of 88799, Top 40%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Leif for boys. Leif reached its highest rank of #776 in the U.S. in 1980-1989. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Leif name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Leif outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Lev, Levi and Levy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Leif.