What does Leonard mean?
Leonard /le-onard/ [3 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced LEN-ard, le-AW-nard. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Leonard is "lion strength".
From an Old French name derived from Germanic leon "lion" and hard "hardy, brave, strong". Name of a fifth-century saint, the patron of peasants and horses. The name was introduced into Britain by the Normans and became popular in the 19th century. 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▼.more]
How popular is Leonard?
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 (#308 out of 150436, 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. in the 1920s, and is presently at #662. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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) listed in the Top 1000. These boy names reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.4442%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.3217%, down 27.6%), with forms like Lee, Lenny, Len, Lenard and Lonny falling out of style. Leonidas (#566), Leo (#97) and Leonardo (#114) are three of the more fashionable baby names among these, and there is a rebound in baby name popularity for Leo. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the boy name Leonard and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)