What does Lief mean?
Lief /lief/ as a boys' name is of Scandinavian derivation, and the meaning of the name Lief is "heir; loved". Lief is an alternate form of Leif (Scandinavian): according to Norse legend. Compare surname Lauf.
VariationsKreatif forms: Liefgo, Lieflu, Lulief. [more]
How popular is Lief?
Lief is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#54766 out of 150436, Top 36%). (2000 U.S. Census)
The only prominent variation form of Lief (unlisted) is Leif (#998 2 years ago). Adoption of this form of Lief reached its most widespread during 1980-1989 (#776) and is somewhat less today (#998, down 99.1%). Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Lief and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)