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What does Leander mean?

Leander /le-an-der/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced lee-AN-der. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Leander is "lion man". Greek mythology: Leander swam across the Hellespont to visit his beloved, Hero. Saint Leander (seventh century) was a Spanish saint.


Leander has 11 variants: Ander, Leandre, Leandrew, Leandro, Leandros, Leanther, Lee, Leiandros, Leo, Liander and Liandro.

Affiliated boy names: Cleander and Levander.

Leander has 1 feminine form: Leandra.

Kreatif forms: Laleander, Leanden, Leanderla. [more]

How popular is Leander?

Leander is an unusual given name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#29296 out of 150436, Top 19%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Leander for boys. Leander reached its highest position of #441 in the U.S. then, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Leander name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Leander outside U.S.

Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Leander and associated names. Popular varying forms of Leander are Leo (#97 the previous year), Lee (#701) and Leandro (#784). These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.6083%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.3545%, down 41.7%), with the forms Lee and Leander becoming less fashionable. Leo (#97) and Leandro (#784) are two of the more trendy birth names among these, and there is also a revival in baby name usage for Leo. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Leander, Leandro, Lee, Leo in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lee, Leo outside U.S.

Similar Names

Leander is alike in pronunciation to Lander, Landor and Linder. Other recommended similar baby names are Landers and Neander. Like Leander, these names are not frequently used.