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What does Leif mean?

Leif Pronunciation of Leif [leif] as a boys' 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.

Associated with: scandinavian, norse, legend (mythology).


Leif has 1 variant: Lief.

Creative forms:
(male) Lely, Lyleif, ..

(female) Leice, Lenia, ..

Middle name pairings:
Leif Kane (L.K.), ..

How popular is Leif?

Leif is a somewhat popular first name for males (#1201 out of 1220, Top 98%) and an even more popular surname for both adults and children (#50055 out of 150436, Top 33%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Leif was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its apex position of #772 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is at #1063 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leif name in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Afif, Atif, Latif, Le, Le-, Lea, Lech, Lee, Leigh, Leith, Lem, Len, Lenn, Leo, Leon, Les, Lev, Levi, Levin, Levy, Lew, Lewis, Lex, Lexis, Lexo, Lin, Luis and Luiz. These names tend to be less commonly used than Leif.

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