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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Leif

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  • A submission from Canada says the name Leif means "Beloved or one who searches for love" and is of Danish origin.
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Notable Persons Named Leif

Leif Erikson was an explorer and viking expansion. Leif was born in 970 in Iceland. He breathed his last breath in 1020.

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Leif Garrett is a pop rock, disco, power pop, alternative rock, and hard rock actor, singing, and celebrity. He plays Guitar and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1966 to present. Leif was given the name Leif Per Nervik on November 8th, 1961.

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Leif Erickson was an actor. He was most prominent from 1933 to 1984. Leif was given the name William Wycliffe Anderson on October 27th, 1911 in Alameda, California, U.S. He breathed his last breath on January 29th, 1986.

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Leif G. W. Persson is a crime fiction and mystery fiction novelist and criminology. Leif was born on March 12th, 1945 in Stockholm. Leif is also known as Persson and Leif Gustav Willy (full name).

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His military service ended in 1924. Leif was born on March 23rd, 1903 in Bærum. He left this life on March 11th, 1945.

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Leif Edling is a heavy metal music and doom metal musician. He was most active from 1979 to present. Leif was born on August 6th, 1963.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Leif

Edvinsson was born in 1946.

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How popular is the baby name Leif in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1912 7 0 7
1913 13 0 13
1914 14 0 14
1915 21 0 21
1916 17 0 17
1917 17 0 17
1918 18 0 18
1919 20 0 20
1920 6 0 6
1921 13 0 13
1922 14 0 14
1923 12 0 12
1924 11 0 11
1925 15 0 15
1926 16 0 16
1927 10 0 10
1928 14 0 14
1929 15 0 15
1930 10 0 10
1931 14 0 14
1932 12 0 12
1933 7 0 7
1934 8 0 8
1935 7 0 7
1936 8 0 8
1937 13 0 13
1938 13 0 13
1939 19 0 19
1940 16 0 16
1941 13 0 13
1942 18 0 18
1943 17 0 17
1944 13 0 13
1945 17 0 17
1946 20 0 20
1947 21 0 21
1948 23 0 23
1949 38 0 38
1950 40 0 40
1951 20 0 20
1952 35 0 35
1953 45 0 45
1954 46 0 46
1955 43 0 43
1956 44 0 44
1957 57 0 57
1958 48 0 48
1959 61 0 61
1960 77 0 77
1961 77 0 77
1962 75 0 75
1963 87 0 87
1964 78 0 78
1965 84 0 84
1966 72 0 72
1967 96 0 96
1968 102 0 102
1969 135 0 135
1970 158 0 158
1971 114 0 114
1972 109 0 109
1973 95 0 95
1974 97 0 97
1975 109 0 109
1976 90 0 90
1977 82 0 82
1978 124 0 124
1979 181 0 181
1980 169 0 169
1981 159 5 154
1982 164 0 164
1983 135 0 135
1984 112 0 112
1985 110 0 110
1986 113 0 113
1987 97 0 97
1988 94 0 94
1989 81 0 81
1990 87 0 87
1991 97 0 97
1992 79 0 79
1993 75 0 75
1994 84 0 84
1995 81 0 81
1996 89 0 89
1997 81 0 81
1998 91 0 91
1999 114 0 114
2000 126 0 126
2001 120 0 120
2002 101 0 101
2003 138 0 138
2004 114 0 114
2005 152 0 152
2006 135 0 135
2007 128 0 128
2008 140 0 140
2009 175 0 175
2010 175 0 175
2011 185 0 185
2012 179 0 179
2013 195 0 195
2014 205 0 205
2015 187 0 187
2016 213 0 213
2017 217 0 217

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Popularity of Leif as a first name

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Popularity of Leif as a last name

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Common last names for Leif

  • Erickson
  • Larsen
  • Johnson
  • Hansen
  • Olsen
  • Anderson
  • Jensen
  • Jacobsen
  • Dahl
  • Nilsen
  • Ericksen
  • Halvorsen

Common first names for Leif

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Leif U.S.
  White 96.11% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.70% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Leif

People with the last name Leif are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Leif

  • How Popular is the name Leif? Leif is the 2,848th most popular name of all time. As a last name Leif was the 50,771st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Leif have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 8,038 babies born with the first name Leif in the United States. That's more than enough people named Leif to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Leif? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Leif first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Leif is Thursday, March 27th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Leif born? The highest recorded use of the first name Leif was in 2017 with a total of 217 babies.
  • Random Leif Factoid: According to the 1998 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Leif is not a popular baby boy's name in Washington. Imagine that, only 11 babies in Washington have the same name as you in 1998.
  • Weird things about the name Leif: Your name in reverse order is Fiel. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eilf. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Leif? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 411 people with the last name Leif.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Leif? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Leif as their last name since less than 1 person in 714k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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