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).