Lev (given name)

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MeaningLion or Heart

The name Lev may be of different origins.

It is typically a first name, or less commonly a surname (e.g. in Czech Republic) of Slavic origin, which translates as "lion". Cf. Germanic form Löwe or Löw.

It is also a common Israeli surname and uncommon female first name which translates as "heart" (לב, Loeb, Löb) in Hebrew.[citation needed].

The name also appears in the forms Liev, Lyev, Leo and Leon.

People with this name include:

  • Leo I of Galicia (Lev Danylovych in Ukrainian) (c. 1228-c. 1301), Knyaz (prince) of Belz, Peremyshl, Halych, Grand Prince of Kiev and King of Galicia-Volhynia
  • Lev Alburt (born 1945), chess Grandmaster and chess writer
  • Lev Artsimovich (1909-1973), Soviet physicist
  • Lev Berg (1876-1950), Soviet geographer, biologist and ichthyologist
  • Lev Brovarskyi (1948-2009), Soviet football player and Ukrainian coach
  • Lev Chernyi (died 1921), Russian individualist anarchist theorist, activist and poet
  • Lev Dyomin (1926-1988), Soviet cosmonaut and Air Force colonel
  • Lev Grossman (born 1969), American novelist and critic
  • Lev Gumilyov (1912–1992), Soviet historian, ethnologist and anthropologist
  • Lev Hakak (born 1944), Israeli-American academic, novelist and poet
  • Lev Ivanov (1834-1901), Russian ballet dancer, choreographer and Second Balletmaster of the Imperial Ballet
  • Lev Ivanov (football manager) (born 1967), Russian football manager
  • Lev Korchebokov (1907-1971), Soviet football player and manager
  • Lev Kamenev (1883–1936), Bolshevik revolutionary and Soviet politician
  • Lev Kuleshov (1899–1970), Soviet filmmaker and film theorist
  • Lev Khrshchonovich (1838-1907), chief architect of Kazan
  • Lev Landau (1908–1968), Soviet physicist and Nobel laureate
  • Lev Avnerovich Leviev (born 1956), Israeli businessman and philanthropist
  • Lev Binzumovich Leviev (born 1984), Russian-Israeli Internet entrepreneur and investor
  • Lev Loseff (1937-2009), Russian poet, literary critic, essayist and educator
  • Lev Mei (1822-1862), Russian dramatist and poet
  • Lev Naryshkin (1785-1846), Russian general in the Napoleonic Wars
  • Lev Perovski (1792-1856), Russian count, mineralogist and Minister of Internal Affairs under Nicholas I
  • Lev Pitaevskii (born 1933), Soviet theoretical physicist
  • Lev Polugaevsky (1934-1995), Soviet grandmaster and author
  • Lev Pontryagin (1908-1988), Soviet mathematician
  • Lev Russov (1926-1987), Soviet painter, graphic artist and sculptor
  • Lev Sedov (1906–1938), son of the Russian communist leader Leon Trotsky
  • Lev Shatilo (born 1962), retired javelin thrower from the Soviet Union
  • Lev L. Spiro, American television and film director
  • Lev Tolstoy (1828-1910), often translated as Leo Tolstoy, Russian author
  • Lev Trotsky (Lev Davidovich Bronshteyn) (1879-1940), often translated as Leon Trotsky, Russian economist and revolutionary
  • Lev Vladimirovich Urusov (1877-1933), Russian prince, diplomat and tennis player
  • Lev Vygotsky (1896–1934), Soviet psychologist
  • Lev Weinstein (1916–2004), Soviet world champion and Olympic bronze medalist in shooting
  • Lev Yashin (1929–1990), Soviet-Russian football goalkeeper
  • Lev Yilmaz (born 1973), American independent filmmaker, artist and publisher

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