Boy Names baby name Levi

What does the name Levi mean?

The meaning of the name “Levi” is: “United - As one; attached”.

Additional information: Levi is a masculine name that means ‘attached’ in Hebrew. It was the name of people in both the Old and New Testaments – Levi was one of the sons of Jacob and Leah in the Old Testament and his descendants, the Levites, were the priests of Israel. It was another name for the apostle Matthew in the New Testament – however, it didn’t come into popular use until after the Protestant Reformation. Commonly used diminutives for Levi include Lev and Levvy, and by using Levi’s alternative meaning, ‘harmony’, the name Harmony can be used as a feminine replacement of Levi. Foreign language variants include Leui (Biblical Greek), Lewi (Biblical Hebrew), and Leevi (French). Levi is sometimes misspelled as ‘Levie’ or ‘Lev’.

Levi is a much more popular name for boys in the United States than it is in England and Wales. Levi entered the top hundred names in the USA in 2009 and was the 45th most popular name in 2014, whereas it has consistently struggled to make it into the top 150 names for boys in England and Wales, and was 152nd in 2014. Levi has, on occasion, entered the popularity rankings as a feminine name in England and Wales, but it has never been in the top thousand names for girls in the USA.

Perhaps the most famous person with the name Levi is Levi Strauss – although not a name many people would recognise straight away, this German-Jewish-American inventor created blue jeans, and he is the reason the name Levi is now synonymous with jeans all over the world. Other celebrities with the name Levi include Levi Stubbs (American Motown singer), Levi P. Morton (22nd Vice President of the United States), and Levi Porter (English football player). Sheryl Crow, the American musician, singer, songwriter and actress has a boy named Levi James.

There is an urban legend on the internet that suggests a teenager, in an attempt to get their Levi jeans to fit snugly, sat in a bath filled with water and was then squeezed to death by their jeans.