Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. LEHN-ərd(English)
LAY-o-nahrt(Dutch)
LEH-o-nart(German)
leh-AW-nart(Polish)
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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, where it was used steadily through the Middle Ages, becoming even more common in the 20th century.

Related Names

VariantsLenard(English) Lennart, Lennard(Dutch) Leonhard(German)
DiminutivesLen, Lennie, Lenny(English) Lenn(Dutch)
Other Languages & CulturesLennart(Danish) Lennart, Lenni(Finnish) Léonard(French) Lénárd(Hungarian) Leonardo(Italian) Leonardas(Lithuanian) Lennart(Low German) Lennart(Norwegian) Leonardo(Portuguese) Lenart(Slovene) Leonardo(Spanish) Lennart, Lelle(Swedish)
Surname DescendantsLeonard, Leonardson(English)
Same SpellingLéonard

Popularity

Images

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

People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   upper class   wholesome   strong   refined   strange   serious   nerdy  

Name Days

Croatia: March 30
Croatia: November 6
Croatia: November 18
Poland: February 27
Poland: November 6
Poland: November 26
Poland: November 27
Slovakia: August 16
Sweden: September 28

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Sources & References

  1. Förstemann, Ernst. Altdeutsches Namenbuch. Bonn, 1900, page 1053.

Entry updated May 29, 2020