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Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. LEHN-ərd(English)
LAY-o-nahrt(Dutch)
LEH-o-nart(German)
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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) Lennart, Lenni(Finnish) Léonard(French) Leonardo(Italian) Lennart(Low German) Lennart(Norwegian) Leonardo(Portuguese) Lenart(Slovene) Leonardo(Spanish) Lennart, Lelle(Swedish)
Same SpellingLéonard

Images

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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