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Meaning and name origin

Lief \lief\ as a boy's name is of Scandinavian origin, and the meaning of Lief is "heir; loved". Lief is a variant of Leif (Scandinavian): according to Norse legend, the Viking Leif Ericson landed his longboat on American shores some 500 years before Columbus arrived.


Lief is not a popular first name for males and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Lief and its source form. The only popular variation form ranked in the Top 1000/100 is Leif (#998). (2014 statistics).

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lief and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Lev and Loeb. Like Lief, these names are not commonly used.