Meaning and Name Origin
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.
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 (#35351 out of 88799, Top 40%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)