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Leonidas Valdez is the son of Hephaestus and Esperanza Valdez. One of the main protagonists and one of the seven heroes of the Prophecy of the Seven in Heroes of Olympus. He is currently the head counselor of Cabin 9. While he may be a fictional character (sadly), he is still a famous bearer of the name.
TheJobberknoll  5/8/2019
Leonidas Polk (1806-1864) was an Episcopal Bishop and a Confederate Lieutenant General during the Civil War. He was killed in action during the Atlanta Campaign.
Morgan1599  3/18/2018
Leonidas, the guy who led the 300 Spartans in the battle of Thermopylae, is somewhat of a joke between me and my friends. This is thanks to a mispronunciation: "Leonardis".
Most likely, Leonidas as a kid will be teased, embarrassed during the ancient Greece lesson in social studies, and have their name mispronounced. "Leonard? Leo? Oh, Leonidas?"
Leonidas will learn early on to just tell people his name is Leo.
epicanna27  4/14/2016
Name of the Day: March 18, 2016.
Rosamind  3/18/2016
Actually, the suffix -ιδας in ancient Greek has the meaning of "the son, or the child, of...". [noted -ed]
In this case means "the son of Leon" (Greek word for lion). If Leonidas was an Athenian, he should be called Leonidis (-i- instead of the Dorian -a-).
Spartans were Dorian Greeks, Athenians were Ions, and both (Greek) tribes were using their own dialects of the Greek language.
gp9665  3/16/2016
Leonidas is a brand of chocolate in Belgium, named after its founder Leonidas Kestekides.
zwartadder  8/9/2015
In modern Greek, the name is pronounced "lay-oh-NEE-dhahs" or "lay-oh-NYEE-dhahs."
Kosta  3/18/2015
Leonidas Kavakos is a Greek violinist and conductor.
Kosta  3/18/2015
Love this name- I'd probably use the nickname Leo for the most part, but since I think Leo is too short of a name on its own, Leonidas would be my favorite long Leo- name to get to the nickname. It has great meaning and is deep-rooted in history. As to previous comments, I've never watched 300 so I don't know how much association this name would have to the movie, but I personally don't think the name is ruined because of that association!
― Anonymous User  5/4/2014
This name is so pompous and elaborate, it's ridiculous. I can't imagine calling someone Leonidas (lee-oh-NIE-das). They'll most likely get called Leo anyway, so why not go with Leonard, Leonardo, Leon, or just plain old Leo?
― Anonymous User  3/25/2013
Name of the Day: March 18, 2013.
― Anonymous User  3/18/2013
Name of the Day: March 18, 2011.
AndrewJKD  3/19/2011
I have yet to see the movie "300", but I have read the story of Leonidas and can't help myself from thinking what a sad, heroic and immortal story it is. I love the name because of the history about king Leonidas.
Dahlis  10/4/2010
How can anyone forget King Leonidas of Sparta! A name that will live in history. LEONIDAS=IMMORTALITY!
constantine1  7/5/2009
"THIS IS SPARTA!" Someone with this name will probably get that all the time. It's a nice name, but it's been temporarily ruined by the movie 300.
bananarama  3/22/2009
Leonidas Frank Chaney was the real name of Lon Chaney.
moonbaby9307  11/4/2008
Leonatus (probobly a variant of this name) is the lover of Princess Imogen in the play Cymbeline by Shakespeare.
― Anonymous User  7/25/2006

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