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Meaning and name origin
Lief \lief\ as a boy's name means "heir; loved" and 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 variation form ranked in the Top 1000/100 is Leif. (2014 statistics).
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