Meaning and Origin of: Leib

Family name origins & meanings

  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : from the Yiddish personal nameLeyb, meaning ‘lion’, traditional Yiddish translation equivalent of the Hebrew name Yehuda (Judah), with reference to the Old Testament description of Judah as ‘a lion’s whelp’ (Genesis 49: 9).
  • French (Alsace) : from a Germanic personal nameLeibo (from an earlier form Laibo), the elementlaib- being related to Gothic laiba ‘remnant’, Old High German leipa ‘relic’, ‘memento (of a family)’.
  • Altered spelling of German Lieb.