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What does Lief mean?

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.

Associated with: scandinavian


Kreatif forms:
(male) Leef, Lier, ..

(female) Liet, Live, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

The only prominent variation form of Lief (unlisted) is Leif (#998 from current records). Adoption of this form of Lief is at its most widespread today (#998). Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Lief and corresponding names. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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.