First name origin & meaning:
Old Norse: Beloved
First name variations: Lief, Leif
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from the Old English personal names Lēofa
(masculine) and Lēofe (feminine) ‘dear’, ‘beloved’. These
names were in part short forms of various compound names with this
first element, in part independent affectionate bynames.
- English: apparently a topographic name for someone who lived in a densely
foliated area, from Middle English lēaf ‘leaf’; a certain
Robert Intheleaves is recorded in London in the 14th
- Americanized form of Swedish Lö(ö)f,
Löv, an ornamental name from löv ‘leaf’.
- English translation of the Ashkenazic Jewish ornamental surname
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