add to your listSave
PronouncedPron.LE-o-pawlt German
LAY-o-pawlt Dutch
LEE-ə-pold English
le-AW-pawlt Polish

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).
VariantLuitpold German
DiminutivePoldi German
Other Languages & CulturesLeudbald, Liupold Ancient Germanic Léopold French Leopoldo Italian Leopoldo Portuguese Leopoldo Spanish
Same SpellingLéopold


Animal Crossing characters, animals, Belgian royal family, composers, currently out of the US top 1000, Dragon Quest characters, emperors, felines, kings, Legend of the Galactic Heroes characters, Liechtenstein princely family, lions, literature, Marvel characters, nobility, princes, saints, South Park characters, virtues, Xeno characters
Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute