I love Leonard! It's old fashioned but it has great nick names like Leo and Lenny. I think it will age well and it's a hell of a lot better than the "trendy" names being used. Leonard means brave lion which is also really cool. I would use the name if I have a baby boy in the future.
zzz123  8/17/2020
May possibly be the ultimate Star Trek name.
― Anonymous User  5/7/2020
Reminds me of Leonard from the Umbrella Academy.
― Anonymous User  3/30/2020
I do love this name, its meaning is so strong and heroic- “brave lion” what an excellent name. The old English names are the best in my opinion ;) and Leonard has adorable nicknames like Leo and Leon for younger children too.
Goldcrown  11/28/2019
I love my name very much, I feel pleased when my name is mentioned and I'm lion hearted and brave too... my nick name is Leo.
Leo4u  8/20/2019
Kawhi Anthony Leonard (born June 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). With the San Antonio Spurs, Leonard won an NBA championship in 2014, when he was named the Final's Most Valuable Player (MVP). After seven seasons with the Spurs, Leonard was traded to the Raptors in 2018. In 2019 he led the Raptors to their first NBA championship in franchise history and won his second Finals MVP award.

He is a three-time All-Star and has two All-NBA first team selections. Nicknamed "The Claw" or "The Klaw" for his ball-hawking skills, Leonard has earned five All-Defensive team selections and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015 and 2016.
sambchop  6/18/2019
I know "common" is a relative term, but I wouldn't say Leonard "never was common" in England until the 19th century. Smith-Bannister's research in English parish records shows Leonard to have ranked 24th for boys born between 1538 and 1549, and it remained in the top 50 names until about 1620. In terms of rank, Leonard actually didn't get back up to the level it was in the 1540s until around 1900, according to Leslie Dunkling's figures. [noted -ed]
clevelandkentevans  3/21/2019
I like this name. The meaning fits it perfectly.
Luvbug86  2/5/2019
What's the feminine form of this name?
― Anonymous User  11/1/2018
In 2018, 63 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Leonard who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 299th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/8/2018
Good things don't come to mind when I hear this name.
kayisforkeen  9/30/2018
“It has nerd in it. Le-nerd!”
-Leonard from big bang theory
I love this quote.
Ravenclaws rock  8/16/2018
Sugar Ray Leonard the boxer, Leo or Lenny as a nickname, means lionhearted or brave, An old school name from the 1800's but now coming back into modern day society, This name is awesome.
― Anonymous User  5/2/2017
Leonard John Fraser, also known as "The Rockhampton Rapist", was an Australian convicted serial killer. Fraser was born in Ingham, Queensland. He had a daughter in the 1970's with a woman named Pearl. He was also noted for having below average intelligence, to the point where he had trouble writing his own name.
cutenose  3/31/2017
Leonard Snart, aka Captain Cold, is the name of a DC Comics supervillain. He is mostly associated with The Flash.
― Anonymous User  6/14/2015
A novel by Matthew Quick is called 'Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock".
― Anonymous User  3/8/2014
Columnist Leonard Pitts Jr is a famous bearer.
shadow1999  2/11/2014
This name is also used in Germany and The Netherlands. In the latter country, it is a top 1000 name (for all ages). It was used most often between 1945 and 1968 (with 140 births in 1962 being the highest number), after which the name slowly declined in popularity. There were only 14 Leonards born in 2011.

The Dutch pronunciation of this name is: LAY-o-nahrt

A known Dutch bearer of this name is the politician Leonard Geluk (b. 1970). A known German bearer is the actor Leonard Lansink (b. 1956). [noted -ed]
Lucille  1/12/2013
I absolutely love this name. Ever since The Big Bang Theory, I've found it to have a certain appeal. If I ever have a son, I definitely want him to be named Leonard, with the nickname Leo. Lenny kind of ruins the name for me, because that is more associated with old men rather than the name itself.
penguino1  7/9/2012
Name of the day on Sunday, February 5, 2012. I'm watching The Big Bang Theory right now!
Bazinga  2/5/2012
Leonard Baskin (1922-2000) was an American sculptor, printmaker, draughtsman and book designer.
― Anonymous User  9/7/2011
I like this name and I like Leo as a nickname.
FlakyMatt  5/15/2011
Also used in Croatia, but Leonardo is more popular.
goricar  3/17/2010
The band Lynyrd Skynyrd!
emily  2/5/2010
I quite like this name. I would prefer it to be pronounced leo-nard than lennard, and I totally hate the nickname Lenny, but I do like the nickname Leo. :)
walesgal92  11/14/2009
Also an Irish surname. I admit the sound isn't the nicest, but as a surname, it works with most names. The people I've met with this surname, including my fiance, are the most incredible people I've ever met. They've battled though everything. Truly amazing people. Stupidly strong, they survive through everything where other people would give up. They deserve the meaning of their surname. Strong? It will never cover it. Truly AMAZING people. My impression of Leonard as a surname is immense. I'd be proud to pass this surname onto my children.

As for as a name. It's not terrible. It's not trendy, but it has a certain beauty, doesn't it? You cannot deny its strength.
neonturnip  10/5/2009
Dr. Leonard Hofstadter is a character on Big Bang Theory.
― Anonymous User  9/24/2009
I absolutely LOATHE the English pronunciation of this name. The name looks so nice, but when you hear someone say it I personally think it ruins it for me.
Shibbeh  5/9/2009
When I grow up, if I have a little boy I will name him Lynyrd. I think it would be cute. I personally dislike the name Leonard, but I like the spelling of Lynyrd after the band Lynyrd Skynyrd. I am from Mississippi, and Lynyrd Skynryd was a Southern Rock band, and I don't know anyone that doesn't know Sweet Home Alabama by heart. That's why I plan on naming my little boy (if I even have a boy) Lynyrd when I grow up.
― Anonymous User  2/23/2009
I researched it through German and Italian etymologists, "Lewenhart" is the origin. "Lewen" as an old form of Lion derived from Greek; and hart not meaning hard but cruel or hardy. Providing the idea of unmeasurable strength to the newborn as possessing a lion's hardiness.
Mingan  12/15/2008
Leonard is one of a number of non-Hebrew names popular with Jewish people, including Alan, Bernard, and Irving, among others.
Midgard666  12/10/2008
Private Leonard L Church of the Halo-based online series Red vs Blue.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2008
Actor Leonard Rossiter, well remembered to this day for his roles in classic British sitcoms such as "Rising Damp" and "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin".
Tytan  3/10/2008
I have no idea why but whenever I hear the name Leonard I burst out laughing. I know several other people that find this name oddly hysterical, so I would think twice before using it.
pandasayscynical  12/23/2007
Lynyrd Skynyrd is a Southern rock band most famous for their work throughout the 1970's. They composed the notorious anthems "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird". Allegedly, the band was named after the gym teacher of some of the members, named Leonard Skinner.
― Anonymous User  9/23/2007
I always thought this name was pronounced LEE-o-nard. And I have never heard it pronounced Len-nard until this year at school. (my new friend's name is Leonard.) Oh, wel, I guess it doesn't really matter, Because I call him Lenny anyway!
― Anonymous User  9/15/2007
This is a very ugly name that would only fit an old man. Leonard Bernstein (1918-1989), arguably the best American composer, was originally named Lewis, but he had his name changed to Leonard when he was in his teens.
Rama  6/15/2007
I can't believe no one has mentioned the Star Trek connections here. Firstly Leonard Nemoy (or Nimoy can't remeber the spelling) played Spock. Secondly, Deforest Kelley's character Bones's (Dr. McCoy) first name was Leonard. And now for my opinion. This name is the epitome of cool.
YMPvt  3/17/2007
Given name of rock star Lenny Kravitz and stand up comedian Lenny Bruce.
― Anonymous User  2/26/2007
There is an author named Leonard Goldberg.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
Leonard Marx was Chico of the Marx Brothers.
dani_08  10/29/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Leonard here:
_satu_  10/24/2006
Famous bearer is Leonard Bernstein, an American composer and conductor.
― Anonymous User  3/26/2006
Leonard Sidney Woolf was a noted British political theorist, author, and civil servant, but perhaps now best known as husband to author Virginia Woolf.
― Anonymous User  12/22/2005
Famous bearer: musician & poet Leonard Cohen.
― Anonymous User  12/17/2005
Sugar Ray Leonard is a former American boxer.
breakofday  12/17/2005

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