When I first moved to Minneapolis in 1992 I saw 'FREE LEONARD PELTIER' spray- painted all over the place in the neighborhood where I lived. I had no idea who he was or what it meant, so I began to investigate it. That simple graffitied phrase, FREE LEONARD PELTIER, that I am certain was most often seen as just another boring ordinary act of city vandalism or as an eye-sore, has significantly impacted my life. The more I read about Leonard Peltier and who he was, and what people wanted him to be freed of, the more I began to know what it is that I believe in; as well as in my understanding of American Politics. I find that uncanny,
What if you're named after St. Leonard of Port Maurice and St. Leo the Great, so your name ends up being Leonard Leo? These are two powerful names.
I prefer Leonardo.
Dr. Leonard Hofstadter in TV series The Big Bang Theory. An experimental physicist.
Super nice. I prefer it to Leonardo.
Love it! So strong and uncommon, consider for a future son.
I like it! Sounds handsome!
Also Croatian:
Also Gascon and Provençal: --- Source: Institut d'Estudis Occitans
Handsome name with a very nice meaning.
My son's name is Leonard. Me and my wife wrote on a list many names excluding Leonard, but on my son's birthday I felt, Leonard is the correct name for my son and I do not know why and where this name comes in my mind. Now I can not imagine my son with some other name. :)
I'd rather pronounce it as LEE-ə-nahrd but it's a GREAT name otherwise!
The meaning is so cool.
Name of the day, 2-5-21.
Leonard Cohen.
The name sounds strong and pleasantly old-fashioned. The meaning "brave lion" is also nice.
Strong name for boys. The English pronunciation is my favorite.
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.
May possibly be the ultimate Star Trek name.
Reminds me of Leonard from the Umbrella Academy.
Also Polish: [noted -ed]
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.
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.
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.
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]
I like this name. The meaning fits it perfectly.
What's the feminine form of this name?
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.
Good things don't come to mind when I hear this name.
“It has nerd in it. Le-nerd!”
-Leonard from big bang theory
I love this quote.
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.
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.
Leonard Snart, aka Captain Cold, is the name of a DC Comics supervillain. He is mostly associated with The Flash.
A novel by Matthew Quick is called 'Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock".
Columnist Leonard Pitts Jr is a famous bearer.
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-nahrtA 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]
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.
Name of the day on Sunday, February 5, 2012. I'm watching The Big Bang Theory right now!
Leonard Baskin (1922-2000) was an American sculptor, printmaker, draughtsman and book designer.
I like this name and I like Leo as a nickname.
Also used in Croatia, but Leonardo is more popular.
The band Lynyrd Skynyrd!
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. :)
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.
Dr. Leonard Hofstadter is a character on Big Bang Theory.
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.
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.
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.
Leonard is one of a number of non-Hebrew names popular with Jewish people, including Alan, Bernard, and Irving, among others.
Private Leonard L Church of the Halo-based online series Red vs Blue.
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".
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Given name of rock star Lenny Kravitz and stand up comedian Lenny Bruce.
There is an author named Leonard Goldberg.
Leonard Marx was Chico of the Marx Brothers.
Listen to the German pronunciation of Leonard here:
Famous bearer is Leonard Bernstein, an American composer and conductor.
Leonard Sidney Woolf was a noted British political theorist, author, and civil servant, but perhaps now best known as husband to author Virginia Woolf.
Famous bearer: musician & poet Leonard Cohen.
Sugar Ray Leonard is a former American boxer.

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