LEIF

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Name Element


Origin and Meaning

Germanic name element

Proto-Norse

*laiƀaR = 'heir', 'descendant' [1] [2]
*laiƀaR = 'heredity', 'bequest', 'legacy', 'inheritance' [2]
*laibaR = 'heir', 'descendant' [1]
*laibaz = 'heredity', 'bequest', 'legacy', 'inheritance' [3]

Old Norse

leif = 'inheritance', 'legacy' [1] [4]
lėif = 'inheritance', 'legacy', 'widow' [5]
-leif = 'heir', 'descendant', 'daughter' [4]
-leifr = 'heir', 'descendant', 'son' [4] [6]
leifr = 'heir', 'descendant' [2]
leifr = 'remnant' [7]

Old Swedish

lef = 'heir', 'descendant' [2]

Gothic

laiba = 'inheritance, legacy' [5]

Old High German

lėiba = 'inheritance', 'legacy' [5]

Old Frisian

lāvā = 'inheritance', 'legacy' [5]

Old Saxon

leva = 'heir', 'descendant'

Anglo-Saxon

lēƀa = 'inheritance', 'legacy' [5]

Old English

lāf = 'inheritance', 'legacy' [5]

Related Names

See Leifr and Loffe

Combinations

Name
Element    
Example
AGI see Ægileif
AI see ÆilæifR
ANU see *AnulaiƀaR (Norse), Analeib (German), Anláf (English)
ARN see Arnleifr (Norse) and Leifarne (Norse)
AS see *Ansulaibaz
AUD see Auðleifr (Norse) and Otleiv (German/Norse)
BJÖRN see Bjarnleifur
BORG see Bergleif
BRYN see Brynleifur
DYR see Dýrleif
EGG see Ægileif
EI see Eilov
EIN see ÆilæifR
ER see Erleif
EY see ØylæifR
FINN see Finnleiv
FJÖR see Fjǫrleif
FRID see FriðlæifR
GEIR see GæiRlæifR
GUD see GuðlæifR (Norse) and Goteleib (German)
GUNN see GunnlæifR
HARD see Hartløv
HER see Herleifr
HJÖR see Hjǫrleifr
HROD see HróðlæifR
ING see Ingilæif
IS see Ísleifur
JARL see Jarleiv
JO see Joleif
see Joleif
JON see Jonleiv
JOR see Jorleiv
JÖRG see Jørlief
KARL see Karleif
KRIST see Kristleifur
KÅR see Kårleiv
MARR see Marleif
MOD see Modleiv
NOR see Norleif
O see Oleif
ODD see Oddleifr
RAGN see Reginleif
SE see SǽlafR
SIG see Sigleifr
SOL see Solleif
STEIN see Steinleifur
SUNN see Sunnleivur
UNN see Unnleiv
VI see VílæifR
VIG see Vigleif
ÞJOÐ see Dietleib (German) and Þjóðleifur (Norse)
ÞOR see ÞórlæifR

First Element Forms

Last Element Forms

-laf -láf -laff -lafR -láfr
-laibaz
-laus
-lav -lavus
-le -lef -leff
-leib
-leif -leifr -leifR -leifur
-leiv -leivur
-lejf -lejv
-lev -levine -levus
-lf -lfferr -lfwer
-li
-lief -lif -líf -lífr -lifuer -lífur -lifver
-liv -lívur
-lof -loff -lov
-luf
-lver
-læif -læifR
-löf -lǫf -löv -løv

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lena Peterson: Nordiskt runnamnslexikon (2002)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Eva Brylla: Förnamn i Sverige (2004)
  3. Per Vikstrand: Förkristna sakrala personnamn i Skandinavien (Studia anthroponymica Scandinavica 27 (2009), 5–31)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Kristoffer Kruken og Ola Stemshaug: Norsk Personnamnleksikon (1995)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Ferdinand Holthausen: Vergleichendes und Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Altwestnordischen (1948)
  6. Gulbrand Alhaug: 10 001 navn - Norsk fornavnleksikon (2011)
  7. Inger Lautin (Red.): Hva skal barnet hete? (1993)