Given Name LEOPOLD

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: LE-o-pawlt (German), LAY-o-pawlt (Dutch), LEE-ə-pold (English), le-AW-pawlt (Polish)  [details]

Meaning & History

Derived from the Germanic elements leud "people" and bald "bold". The spelling was altered due to association with Latin leo "lion". This name was common among German royalty, first with the Babenbergs and then the Habsburgs. Saint Leopold was a 12th-century Babenberg margrave of Austria, who is now considered the patron of that country. It was also borne by two Habsburg Holy Roman emperors, as well as three kings of Belgium. Since the 19th century this name has been occasionally used in England, originally in honour of Queen Victoria's uncle, a king of Belgium, after whom she named one of her sons. It was later used by James Joyce for the main character, Leopold Bloom, in his novel 'Ulysses' (1920).
VARIANT: Luitpold (German)
DIMINUTIVE: Poldi (German)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Leudbald, Liupold (Ancient Germanic), Léopold (French), Leopoldo (Italian), Leopoldo (Portuguese), Leopoldo (Spanish)


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Entry updated May 31, 2018