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Can I call my baby Lief?

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Tollygunge Sat 12-Mar-16 14:47:30

Just that really. Expecting boy and have no name. My choices are Fox, Cassius and Lief BUT I live in a pretty chilled out part of a city where names like these are the norm. For example, we swam with a little boy called Winter. Will my poor child suffer with such a name? I would pronounce Leaf and we have no Scandinavian roots. Quite the other side of the equator in fact...

RusholmeRuffian Sat 12-Mar-16 14:53:40

If you are going to use it, it should be spelled Leif

Tollygunge Sat 12-Mar-16 14:54:52

Ah, wasn't sure re spelling

VocationalGoat Sat 12-Mar-16 14:55:33

Fox. No. No way. Sorry.
Cassius. Wonderful name.

Lief... it's an adverb meaning gladly. It's old English.
Leif is a name, the Scandinavian name you may be confusing Lief with.
Leif is pronounced Layf.

Chocolatteaddict1 Sat 12-Mar-16 14:56:53

My dn gets called 'leaf' shortened from Aleatha.

It's not for me sorry.

DropYourSword Sat 12-Mar-16 14:58:01

Yep, you can. DH knew a Leif - I like it!

Floggingmolly Sat 12-Mar-16 15:00:34

Why would you consider calling your child Fox??

INeedSomeHelp Sat 12-Mar-16 15:01:47

Leif Garrett? Anyone? No, just me then. Realises just how old I actually am.

Tollygunge Sat 12-Mar-16 15:04:22

Ha, I like Fox! I think it's kinda cool and edgy.

Icapturethecastle Sat 12-Mar-16 15:07:55

My first thought was Leif Garrett as well! I like it much more that the Fox.

Pantsalive Sat 12-Mar-16 15:08:50

I thought of Leif Garrett too Ineed. I'm also that old!

mrsschu Sat 12-Mar-16 15:08:57

Fox is dreadful and I'm not keen on Cassius either. If you were spelling and pronouncing Leif the Scandinavian way it would probably be fine but pronouncing it Leaf is very silly IMO.

LionsAndTigersAndBearsHaha Sat 12-Mar-16 15:13:30

Leif Garrett sprang to my mind too, lol.
Most people if my age would remember him and pronounce it as Leaf.

originalmavis Sat 12-Mar-16 15:13:57

Lieg Ericsson?

ranatemp Sat 12-Mar-16 15:15:29

How about the spelling Leefe - name of a WW1 hero in my area?

brookeberry Sat 12-Mar-16 15:23:16

I like Leif and Fox. Go for what feels right to you smile

Tollygunge Sat 12-Mar-16 15:24:27

Ranatemp- thanks!! That's what I want. Anyone got any other suggestions?

DaphneWhitethigh Sat 12-Mar-16 15:30:17

I think if you want to call your DS Leaf, pronounced Leaf, like a bit of the tree then that's absolutely fine. Nothing wrong with having a hippyish name, and DS can say "my name's Leaf, yes, like on a tree" for the rest of his life, which is fine (I have a name whose spelling needs explaining like that and it's perfectly OK).

Calling them Lief, or Leif but pronouncing it Leaf would be weird.

GRW Sat 12-Mar-16 16:58:06

I know a toddler called Reef. I wasn't sure at first but now I think it suits him. Leif is ok.

LuckySantangelo1 Sat 12-Mar-16 17:00:27

Love all three but agree with other posters that spelling it Leaf would be best. Love the name Fox!

Fletcherl Sat 12-Mar-16 17:01:07


kelda Sat 12-Mar-16 17:02:08

Lief, pronounced similar to leaf, is actually a dutch name. Short for Lieven (male) or Lieve (female).

HumptyDumptyBumpty Sat 12-Mar-16 17:02:12

What about Liev, like Liev Schriebrer?

DafferDill Sat 12-Mar-16 18:27:18

I like Fox. I wouldn't worry too much what people on here say about it. I've come to realise that if they haven't heard a name before it's a "no way" until they've heard it a few times then it's 50/50 who likes it. When it becomes fairly popular it's a "yes it's lovely". Unless it's a chav yoonique name, then it's a "no way, not ever" wink

Cerseirys Sat 12-Mar-16 18:43:05

Unless your surname is Richards, then I say go with Leif!

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