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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, where it was used steadily through the Middle Ages, becoming even more common in the 20th 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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