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

Lev Origin and Meaning

The name Lev is a boy's name of Hebrew, Russian origin meaning "heart; lion".

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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Pop Culture References for the name Lev

Lyeka, Levushka, Levko, Leva, Lyenya, Leb, Lyeva, Levka


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.