Given Name LEONARD

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: LEN-ərd (English), LAY-o-nahrt (Dutch), LE-o-nart (German)   [details]

Meaning & History

Means "brave lion", derived from the Germanic elements levon "lion" 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.

Categories

actors, Alien characters, animals, athletes, brave, composers, Discworld characters, felines, lions, musicians, poets, saints, singers, song titles, Star Trek actors, Star Trek characters, virtues
VARIANTS: Lenard, Lennard (English), Lennart (Dutch), Leonhard (German)
DIMINUTIVES: Len, Lennie, Lenny (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Lennart (Danish), Léonard (French), Leonardo (History), Leonardo (Italian), Lennart (Low German), Lennart (Norwegian), Leonardo (Portuguese), Lenart (Slovene), Leonardo (Spanish), Lennart, Lelle (Swedish)
SAME SPELLING: Léonard
  United States
2016
  Canada (BC)
not
ranked
2015
  England and Wales
2015
  France
2015
  Poland
2014

Sources & References

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