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Leif 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.

Suggested similar baby names are Lev, Levi and Levy.

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Popularity of Leif

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

Displayed below is the baby names popularity of Leif name for boys (2012 statistics). Compare Leif with its variant form and related boy baby names.

Top 1000 ranking of Leif name in U.S.
Top 100 ranking of Leif outside U.S.