Usage Ancient Greek
Scripts Λεόννατος, Λεοννάτος
Other Forms FormsLeonatos
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Contributor Contrib.Lucille on 11/27/2014
The first element of this name is derived from Greek λεων (leon) meaning "lion". The second element is uncertain, but it might possibly have been derived from the Greek noun γνάθος (gnathos) meaning "jaw". If that is indeed the case, then the name as a whole means "jaw of a lion", as a sort of reference to physical strength. Also, it is tempting to think that this name might actually be a hellenized form of a Latin name that consists of the Latin elements leo "lion" and natus, which can mean "birth" as well as "born". This seems unlikely, as known bearers of the name don't appear to have any clear connections to the Romans or the Latin language. This name was borne by a Macedonian officer of Alexander the Great (4th century BC), who was a member of the royal house of Lyncestis.