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pinWhat does Lief mean?

Lief /lief/ [1 syll.] 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.


Kreatif forms: Liefgo, Lieflu, Lulief. [more]

pinHow 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 the previous year). Adoption of this boy name reached its most widespread during 1980-1989 (usage of 0.224%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.002%, down 99.1%), with Leif becoming less trendy. Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Lief and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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

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

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