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What does Leander mean?

Leander Pronunciation of Leander 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


VARIANTS Ander, Leandre, Leandrew, Leandro, Leandros, Leanther, Lee, Leiandros, Leo, Liander, Liandro

SEE ALSO Cleander, Levander




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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)

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, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leander name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Popular varying forms of Leander are Leo (#50 THE PREVIOUS YEAR), Lee (#689), Leandro (#691), Ander (#1283) and Leandre. These forms of Leander were popular as birth names in the 1890s (ADOPTION OF 0.8%) and are somewhat less conventional today (ADOPTION 0.4%, DOWN 48%), with forms like Leander falling out of fashion. Leo and Leandro are two of the more trendy birth names 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 sound-alike 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.

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