Given Name LEANDER

GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Λεανδρος (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: lee-AN-dər (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

Latinized form of the Greek name Λεανδρος (Leandros), derived from λεων (leon) meaning "lion" and ανηρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Greek legend Leander was the lover of Hero. Every night he swam across the Hellespont to meet her, but on one occasion he was drowned when a storm arose. When Hero saw his dead body she threw herself into the waters and perished.
VARIANT: Leandros
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Léandre (French), Leandro (Italian), Leandro (Portuguese), Leandro (Spanish)


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Entry updated December 8, 2017