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Quick Facts on Leif

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Nordic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Heir (descendent)

Characteristics of Leif

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Leif

Leif is an Old Norse name derived from “leifr” meaning “descendent, heir”. The most famous name bearer is no doubt the 10th/11th century Norwegian-Icelandic explorer Leifr Eiríksson (Leif Ericson). Apropos, Leif was the first born son of (or “heir to”) Eric the Red, the explorer best remembered as the first European to settle on Greenland. It could easily be argued, though, that Leif had his father beat when he became the first European explorer to land on North America (present Day Canada) 500 years before Christopher Columbus. Boo-ya! For middle aged American women, however, Leif is probably more associated with the 1970s teen heartthrob Leif Garrett than for the explorer. Many Americans pronounced Leif as LEEF rather than its correct Nordic pronunciation of LAYF.

Popularity of the Name Leif

Leif is very Nordic and therefore less common in the United States (except among Scandinavian-Americans). It reminds us of Lars (the Scandinavian equivalent to Laurence) or Ludvig (the Scandinavian equivalent to Louis). What makes Leif different, though, is that he was born and bred in Nordic Countries, rather than borrowed from other languages. It would be like naming your son “Junior” (the heir) or Jared (Hebrew for “he who descended”). Leif first appeared on America’s Top 1000 list in 1959, stayed for about 30 years, and then disappeared in 1988. Although the name was given to about 175 baby boys in 2012, this was simply not enough to make the Top 1000 list or hit the American radar. Leif is a pleasant sounding name, yet strong and masculine. A great choice for parents who appreciate exploration.
Popularity of the Boy Name Leif
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Leif

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Leif

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Leif

    Leif We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Leif.

  • Popular Songs on Leif

    Popular Songs on Leif

    Leif - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Leif.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Leif

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Leif

    Leif the Lucky (Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire) - Considered by some children's book authorities to be the d'Aulaire's finest work, this biography of Leif Erickson, son of Eric the Red, best exemplifies the artist's skill in Norwegian folk art, style, and history. Their well-researched text is lavishly illustrated with Viking rune-like carvings, from the dragon prow of the ship that Leif must hurry to remove, lest it anger the spirits of the land, to the stave churches so unique to Norway. Landscapes depict emerald green fjords against floes of ice and mountains of snow. The grand halls of King Olav Trygvason are ornamented with carvings of Nordic mythical creatures while tame polar bear cubs romp and play. In this setting the young Leif grows to manhood and learns the skills of navigation, sailing his own ship when just a teen from Greenland to Norway. It is on his return journey that he discovers a new land—what we now know to be Newfoundland. Later he sends settlers there—actually establishing a colony. His tale is aptly and authentically told in the d'Aulaires's inimitable style. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Leif

    Famous People Named Leif

    Famous People Named Leif - Leif Ericson (famous Nordic explorer); Leif Garrett (1970s teen idol)

  • Children of Famous People Named Leif

    Children of Famous People Named Leif

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Leif - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Leif.

  • Historic Figures

    Leif - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Leif Ericson (c. 970 - 1020) - Leif Ericson is believed to have been born in Greenland as a son of Erik the Red. Following in his dad’s exploring footsteps, Leif Erickson discovered a part of modern North America about 500 years before Columbus’ journey. He is also credited with having introduced Christianity to Greenland after having been converted during a trip to Norway. Leif was described in contemporary accounts as a strong and handsome man, as well as a wise and good chieftain. He is fondly regarded by legions of Scandinavian Americans as the “true” discoverer of the land we live in; many monuments and statues have been erected in his honor.

Personality of the Boy Name Leif

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Leif

  • No Variations Found.
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