Meaning: “dear friend.”
The name is a Frisian form of the Old High German, Liobwin, which is composed of the elements, liob (love; dear) and win (friend).
The name was extremely common in 19th-century Germany and was used by German-Jews as a cognate of Levi.
It has recently come into vogue again. It is currently the 8th most popular male name in German-speaking Switzerland, (2010). His rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 87 (Germany, 2011)