Lieven is traditionally a male given name in the Dutch language. It is the Flemish form of the Germanic name 'Liebwin.' It is derived from the word Lief-win, which means ‘dear friend.’ Also, some people believe that the name comes from the Old English 'Leofwine,' which was formed from the two elements 'leof,' meaning 'beloved or dear,' and 'wine,' meaning 'friend. Thus, the meaning of Lieven is ‘Loving friend’ or ‘dear friend.’ This name has a strong affiliation with pop culture. Among the notables with the name are Lieven Bauwens, an 18/19th-century Flemish entrepreneur and industrial spy; Lieven Scheire, a Belgian comedian and member of Neveneffecten; Lieven Willemsz van Coppenol, a 17th-century Dutch calligrapher portrayed by Rembrandt; Lieven De Cauter, a Belgian art historian, philosopher, and writer; Lieven van Lathem, a 15th-century Flemish painter and manuscript illuminator; Heinz Lieven, a German actor; Lieven de Witte, a 16th-century Flemish painter, and architect; Lieven Bertels, a Belgian musicologist, impresario, and festival curator; Albert Lieven, a 20th-century German actor; Lievin Cruyl, a 17/18th century Flemish architect, priest, engraver and designer; Roeland Lievens, a Dutch rower; Liévin De Winne, a 19th-century Belgian portrait painter; Liévin Lerno, a former Belgian cyclist; Lieve Verschuier, a 17th-century Dutch maritime painter; and Marc Lievens, a Belgian racing cyclist.