[ 2 syll. de-tlev, det-l-ev ] The baby boy name Detlev is pronounced as DEHTLehV †. Detlev is of Germanic origin and it is used mainly in German. Detlev is of the meaning 'the people's descendant'. It is a two-element name derived from theud which means 'people, race' ; leib 'relic, inheritance, descendant'. Dietleib (Germanic) is an original form of the name. Variants of Detlev include Detlof (Scandinavian) and Dietleib (German). Tjalf (Frisian shortening) and Detlef (German spelling variant) are other forms of the name.
Detlev is not popular as a baby name for boys. It is not listed within the top 1000 names.
† English pronunciation for Detlev: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; V as in "vow (V.AW)"