What does Leonard mean?
Leonard \le(o)-na-rd\ as a boys' name is pronounced LEN-ard. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Leonard is "lion strength". Name of a saint from the Middle Age who was patron of prisoners. Composer Leonard Bernstein; actors Leonard Nimoy, Leonardo DiCaprio.
Leonard▼ has 22 variants: Lee▼, Len▼, Lenard▼, Lenn, Lennard, Lennart, Lennerd, Lennie, Lenny▼, Leo▲, Leon▼, Leonardo▲, Leondaus, Leone, Leonerd, Leonhard, Leonid, Leonidas▲, Leonides, Leonis, Lonnard and Lonny▼.
Leonard is a very popular first name for men (#107 out of 1220, Top 9%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#324 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Leonard for boys. Leonard reached its top rank of #39 in the U.S. during 1920-1929, and is presently at #662. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the boy name Leonard and related names. Leo (#97 the previous year), Leonardo (#114), Leon (#321), Leonidas (#566), Lee (#701), Lonny, Lenard, Lennie, Lenny and Len are the popular varying forms of Leonard (#662 the previous year). This boy name reached the apex of its popularity during the years 1960-1969 and has become significantly less widespread since, with forms like Lee, Lonny, Lenny, Len and Lenard falling out of style. Leonidas (#566), Leo (#97) and Leonardo (#114) are three of the more fashionable baby names among these, with Leo enjoying a rebound in popularity. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)