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What does Leonard mean?

Leonard /le-onard/ [3 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced LEN-ard. 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.

Leonard has 2 feminine forms: Lenna and Leonarda.

Kreatif forms: Lannard, Lawnard, Lunard. [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. during 1920-1929, and is presently at #662. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Leonard name in U.S.

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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Leonard, Lee, Len, Lenard, Lennie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lenny, Leo, Leon, Leonardo, Leonidas, Lonny in U.S.

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