Meaning and Name Origin
Leander \le(an)-der\ 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 1 feminine form: Leandra.
Leander is an unusual given name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#23666 out of 88799, Top 27%). (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)
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 1880-1889 and have become significantly less widespread since, with the forms Lee and Leander becoming less fashionable. Leo (#97) and Leandro (#784) are two of the more trendy birth names among these, with Leo undergoing a revival in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)