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What does Leonard mean?

Leonard Pronunciation of Leonard [leonard] 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.

Associated with: lion, old, brave, saint, peasants (farmer), britain (england), popular (famous), 19th century.


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.

2 feminine forms: Lenna and Leonarda.

Creative forms:
(male) Lionard, Shonard, ..


Middle name pairings:
Leonard Sam (L.S.), ..

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. Demographics)

Leonard reached its top rank of #38 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is presently at #653. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Leo (#91 from current records), Leonardo (#103), Leon (#314), Leonidas (#519), Lee (#679), Lenny (#1145), Lonny, Len, Lenard, Lennard and Lennie are the popular varying forms of Leonard (#653 from current records) listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Leonard were favored as birth names in the 1900s (adoption of 1.4%) and have become significantly less widespread since (adoption 0.6%, down 58.8%). Leo has generally been popular among parents, though Leonidas has become popular as well, while versions such as Leonard have become less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leonard, Lee, Len, Lenard, Lennard in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lennie, Lenny, Leo, Leon, Leonardo in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leonidas, Lonny in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lee, Leo, Leon outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Barnard, Bearnard, Bernard, Bernhard, Burnard, Dainard, Daynard (see Dainard), Derward, Edouard, Eginard (see Eginhard), Gearard (see Gerard), Gerard, Gerhard, Gerrard, Glennard, Godard, Hobard, Howard, Jerard, Jerrard, Kennaird (see Kennard), Kennard, Kenward, Kinnard, Leandre, Leandro, Leary, Leeland, Leland, Lemar, Lemarr, Lemond, Leomaris, Leoncio, Leondre, Leonel, Leopold, Leyland, Lombard, Lord, Mainard, Maynard, Meinhard, Menard, Raynard, Reinhard, Renard, Rennard, Reynard, Riobard, Riocard, Seward, Steinard, Vernard and Woodard. These names tend to be less commonly used than Leonard.

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