What does Leonard mean?
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. Demographics)
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 U.S. SSA Records)
Leo (#97 from current records), Leonardo (#114), Leon (#321), Leonidas (#566), Lee (#701), Lonny, Lenard, Lennie, Lenny and Len are the popular varying forms of Leonard (#662 from current records) listed in the Top 1000. These forms of Leonard were favored as birth names in the 1960s (adoption of 0.44%) and are somewhat less widespread today (adoption 0.32%, down 27.6%). Leo has generally been popular among parents, though Leonardo has become popular as well, while versions such as Lenny have become less popular.
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Recommended similar baby names are Barnard, Bearnard, Bernard▼, Bernhard▼, Burnard, Dainard, Daynard, Derward, Edouard, Eginard, Gearard, Gerard▼, Gerhard▼, Gerrard, Glennard, Godard, Hobard, Howard▼, Jerard, Jerrard, Kennaird, 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.