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Updated April 25, 2024

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Boy name origins & meanings

What does Levi mean and stand for?


  • Hebrew: Joined, attached, united

Gender: Male

Syllables: 2

Pronunciation: The name Levi is pronounced lee-vye

The name Levi originates from the Hebrew word לֵוִי or yillaweh which means "joined" or "attached." Traditionally a Biblical name, Levi was the third son of Jacob and Leah in the Old Testament, and his descendants, the Levites, were assigned religious duties. Today, the name is appreciated for its strong biblical heritage as well as its simple, modern sound.

Boy name variations

How Popular Is The Name Levi

Family name origins & meanings

Jewish (Sephardic and Ashkenazic): see Levy.

Famous people who gave their babies this name

Levi in Pop Culture

Do you know these fictional characters that share this first name?

  • Levi Ackerman from Attack on Titan - A skilled soldier known for his relentless fighting style and taciturn nature.
  • Levi Sterling from The Raven Cycle - Levi is a mysterious and enigmatic character involved in the world of magic and the supernatural, adding depth and intrigue to the series' plot.
  • Levi Schmitt from Grey's Anatomy - A surgical resident at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital known for his growth from a clumsy intern to a competent surgeon.
  • Levi Bardsley from Hollyoaks - Levi is a dedicated doctor in the British soap opera, known for his professionalism and conflicts that test his ethics and relationships.
  • Levi Glaisyer from Six of Crows - Levi is a cunning and resourceful thief with a sharp wit and a heart of gold, playing a crucial role in the heist at the center of the story.

Popularity of the Name Levi

According to Social Security Administration data, Levi has seen a significant surge in popularity over the past two decades. It has consistently climbed the rankings, breaking into the top 100 in 2009 and reaching its highest position of #18 in 2020. This growth in popularity can be attributed to its strong biblical roots and simple, timeless appeal.

Of Biblical descent, Levi is the name of Leah and Jacob's third son in the Old Testament. It is also Matthew's given name before he became an apostle in the New Testament. Historical figures like Levi Strauss, the founder of the first company to manufacture blue jeans, Levi's, have also made the name well-known.

Matthew McConaughey, who has a son named Levi, have also added to the name's modern appeal. In the realm of fiction, Levi is a common name for characters across a variety of genres, from the military prowess of Levi Ackerman in Attack on Titan to the medical expertise of Levi Schmitt in Grey's Anatomy.

Where Is the Name Levi Popular?

This name is most popular across certain states in the U.S., including those highlighted on the map below.

Nicknames for Levi

These shortened names can make great nicknames for your baby.

  • Lev

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