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pinWhat does Leif mean?

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.


Leif has 1 variant: Lief.

Kreatif forms: Leifly, Leifzo, Lyleif. [more]

pinHow 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. Census)

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Leif for boys. Leif was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its apex position of #776 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, and is at #998 presently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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

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