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Gender: Male Pronunciation: leev Meaning of Lev: "heart; lion" Origin of Lev: Hebrew; Russian

The name Lev is a boy's name of Hebrew, Russian origin meaning "heart; lion". Lev and is often added to lists like Cool Boy Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "Release the 20 T.I.G.E.R.S. -- the anti-elimination game! (BOYS)".

From the experts:

This concise one-syllable name, Hebrew for heart or the Russian form of Leo, has definite potential, being more unusual than the increasingly popular Levi.

The leonine Lev is the Russian birth name of the great novelist Tolstoy, and the mother of Liev Schreiber has stated that she named him in honor of the writer. In the Chaim Potok novel My Name is Asher Lev, about a Hasidic Jewish boy in New York, Lev is the character's surname.

Actress Candace Cameron has a son she named Lev.

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Famous People Named Lev

Lev Nikolayevich "Leo" Tolstoy, Russian novelist
Lev Davidovich Bronshtein, birth name of Soviet leader Leon Trotsky
Lev Lvovich Sedov, son of Leon Trotsky
Lev Davidovich Landau, Azerbaijani Soviet physicist and Nobel prize winner
Lev Semyonovich Vygotsky, Belorussian psychologist
Lev Grossman, American novelist and journalist
Lev Ivanovich Yashin, Russian football goalkeeper
Lev Matveyevich Vainshtein, Russian Olympic shooter
Lev L. Spiro, American film and TV director
Lev Avnerovich Leviev, Uzbek-Israeli businessman and philanthropist
Lev Vladimirovich Kuleshov, Russian film director and theorist
Lev Borisovich Kamenev, Russian revolutionary and Soviet leader
Lev Osipovich Alburt, Russian chess grandmaster and writer
Lev Valerievich Bure (b. 2000), son of actress Candace Cameron Bure and Valeri Vladimirovich Bure
Lev Rapace (b. 2003), son of actress Noomi Rapace
Mateo Lev Colicchio (b. 2011), son of chef Tom Colicchio

Pop Culture References for the name Lev

Levi Jedediah "Lev" Calder, character in "Unwind" by Neal Shusterman
Lev Shapiro, character in 2013 film "Frances Ha"
Lev Haiba, character in the anime "Haikyuu!!"
Lev Shults, character in Ursula K. Le Guin's "The Eye of the Heron"

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MamaOhana22 Says:


How do we feel about Lev for a girl?? I think it sounds so pretty

EW314 Says:


As someone who studied Russian at university, I like Lev a lot. It's such a bold, dynamic name with a cool meaning and great literary associations. I love Leo too but Lev is a lot more distinctive.

I'm struggling to decide whether I prefer the Liev or Lev spelling, but I'm leaning a little more towards simpler Lev. I think people would be less likely to pronounce it "leev", too.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I like it pronounced Levv, but saying Leev just sounds like you forgot the rest of the name.

indiefendi2 Says:


Lev is the Russian word for lion, pronounced lee-eV

skraabe Says:


My son's name is Liev a version of Lev. Most people however call him "leave" and I have to correct them. Seriously has no one heard of Liev Schreiber? lol

Guest Says:


I want to like it but some people pronounce it "leave" which sounds so weird to me. But I won't even get on my soapbox about authentic Russian pronunciations.

writtenmania Says:


my name is asher lev is a great book.