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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 has 2 feminine forms: Lenna and Leonarda.


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)

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

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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lee, Len, Lenard, Lennie, Lenny, Leo, Leon, Leonard, Leonardo, Leonidas, Lonny in U.S.

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