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PronouncedPron.LEN-ərd English
LAY-o-nahrt Dutch
LE-o-nart German

Meaning & History

Means "brave lion", derived from the Germanic elements lewo "lion" (of Latin origin) and hard "brave, hardy". This was the name of a 5th-century Frankish saint from Noblac who is the patron of prisoners and horses. The Normans brought this name to England, though it did not become common there until the 19th century.
VariantsLenard, Lennard English Lennart Dutch Leonhard German
DiminutivesLen, Lennie, Lenny English
Other Languages & CulturesLennart Danish Léonard French Leonardo Italian Lennart Low German Lennart Norwegian Leonardo Portuguese Lenart Slovene Leonardo Spanish Lennart, Lelle Swedish
Same SpellingLéonard


14th-century depiction of Saint Leonard of Noblac14th-century depiction of Saint Leonard of Noblac

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 1053


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Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute