Levi Name Meaning

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The name Levi has become a favorite amongst new parents for being both traditional and trendy. It means “united," "joined,” or, sometimes, “joined in harmony."

It has Biblical roots: in the Old Testament, Levi is the son of Jacob and Leah. The Levites are also one of the 12 tribes of the Israelites. In this way, Levi is a name signifying the unification or founding of something. 

  • Origin: The name Levi is Hebrew. The original Hebrew may have been Yewi or Lawa. It is first introduced in the book of Genesis in the Old Testament.
  • Gender: Levi is traditionally used as a boy name. Some parents, however, may want to use it as a name for a girl.
  • Pronunciation: LEE-vie or LEH-vee

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular Is the Name Levi?

As of 2020, Levi was the 18th most popular boy name in America, per the Social Security Administration. It’s the most popular the name has been since 1900, when the Social Security Administration's records began. 

In the early 2000s, Levi was not an uncommon or overly popular name—in 2000, for example, it ranked 172 in the United States. But in 2009 it broke into the double digits (ranking 85, to be exact), and it’s been on a steady incline ever since. 

Its sudden rise in popularity that year may have been thanks to actor Matthew McConaughey; in 2008, his wife Camila Alves gave birth to a baby boy and they named him Levi. 

Name Variations 

Because it’s short, sweet, and striking as is, there aren’t many translations of the name Levi in other languages. However, there are a few alternatives.

  • Levey (Hebrew)
  • Lewi (Hebrew)
  • Levon
  • Levee
  • Levin
  • Leevi (Finnish)
  • Lewy (Polish)

Similar Names

Other boy names from the Old Testament:

  • Moses
  • Abraham
  • Jacob
  • Jesse
  • Benjamin
  • Caleb
  • Noah
  • Abel
  • Joshua

Other boy names starting with L:

  • Luke
  • Logan
  • Liam
  • Leo
  • Lamonte
  • Lincoln
  • Leland
  • Lawrence
  • Luther

Suggested Sibling Names

  • Benjamin
  • Asher
  • Ezra
  • Nora
  • Naomi
  • Hannah
  • Micah
  • Chloe
  • Henry
  • Grace
  • Judah
  • Rebekah

Famous People Named Levi

There’s one extremely well-known famous person named Levi, but beyond that, it’s a relatively uncommon name among celebs, athletes, and public personas. Here are a few notables.

  • Levi Strauss, entrepreneur and founder of Levi Strauss & Co., one of the most well-known makers of denim in the world
  • Levi Stubbs, lead singer of the Four Tops
  • Levi Lincoln, Sr., Attorney General to Thomas Jefferson
  • Levi Johnston, public persona best known for his relationship with Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol
  • Levi Miller, actor best known for playing Peter Pan in 2015’s Pan

More Baby Names

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Sarah Bradley has been writing parenting content since 2017, after her third son was born. Since then, she has expanded her expertise to write about pregnancy and postpartum, childhood ages and stages, and general health conditions, including commerce articles for health products. Because she has been homeschooling her sons for seven years, she is also frequently asked to share homeschooling tips, tricks, and advice for parenting sites.