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What does Lief mean?

Lief Pronunciation of 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.

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(male) Leef, Lier, ..

(female) Liet, Live, ..

Lief Ronaldo (L.R.), ..

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)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. The only prominent variation form of Lief (UNLISTED) is Leif (#1063 FROM CURRENT RECORDS). Adoption of this form of Lief reached its most widespread in 2014 (#998) and is almost as conventional today (#1063, DOWN 9%). (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2015)

Top 2000 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 names are Atef, Le, Le-, Lea, Lee, Lem, Len, Leo, Les, Lev, Lew, Lex, Liam, Lige, Lin, Linc, Lind, Link, Linn, Lino, Lion, Lleu, Loeb and Loew. These names tend to be more commonly used than Lief.

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