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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 Eriksson landed his longboat on American shores some 500 years before Columbus arrived.Leif has 1 variant form: Lief.Baby names that sound like Leif are Lev, Levi, Levy and Lew.
Popularity of Leif
Leif is a somewhat popular first name for men (#1201 out of 1220) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#35351 out of 88799) (1990 U.S. Census).
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