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What does Leander mean?

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.

Associated with: greek, lion, mythology, hero, 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:
(male) Leanden, Luander, ..

(female) Leand, Leansey, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name statistics of Leander for boys. Leander reached its highest position of #443 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 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), Leandro (#784), Ander (#1546) and Leandre. These forms of Leander were popular as birth names in the 1890s (adoption of 0.8%) and have become significantly less conventional since (adoption 0.2%, down 69%), with forms like Leander falling out of fashion. Leandro is the most trendy birth name among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leander, Ander, Leandre, 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, Leondre and Linder. Other recommended names are Alcander, Alexander, Alkander, Balder, Banner, Brander, Chandler, Denver, Evander, Granger, Hayder, Heder, Heiner, Isander, Iskander, Jader, Keder, Kenner, Laddey, Landan, Landen, Landers, Landin, Landis, Lando, Landon, Landry, Landyn, Lane, Lange, Lanier, Lawler, Lawyer, Lazer, Leland, Lendell, Lennerd, Leone, Leonel, Leonerd, Lesandro, Lexer, Lindel, Linden, Lynden, Lysander, Nader, Neander, Nikander, Peder, Ranger, Ranier, Rayder, Regner, Reiner, Reinier, Renier, Sander, Saunder, Seager, Sender, Sikander, Tanier, Tanner, Vander, Walder, Werner, Wernher, Xander, Ysander (see Isandro) and Zander. These names tend to be more frequently used than Leander.