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Lief meaning and name origin
Lief \lief\ as a boy's name has the meaning "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.
Suggested similar baby names are Lev and Loeb.
Popularity of Lief
Lief is not a popular first name for males and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
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