Leif Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Leif:
From the Old Norse Leifr, which is directly derived from leifr (what is remaining, relic), from the verb lev (to leave). Over time leif or laf became confused with the Germanic leib or lip (love) and is now often thought to mean "beloved." The name was borne by Leif Ericsson, a Norwegian explorer and adventurer who discovered North America around A.D. 1000. He was the son of Eric the Red.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Leifur Eiríksson, Viking explorer nicknamed "Leifur heppni" (meaning Leifur the Lucky), son of Eiríkur rauði (Eiríkur the Red).
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