What does Leonard mean?
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.
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.Creative forms:
(male) Leronard, Lionard, ..
(female) Leer, Lelas, .. Middle name pairings:
Leonard Kanon (L.K.), ..
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 #38 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is presently at #653. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
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.
Similar NamesRecommended 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.See names in meaning and etymology.