Leonard - boys name

Leonard name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 95%

Leonard name meaning:

The name Leonard is of Germanic origin and has a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages. It is derived from the Old High German name Leonhard, which is composed of the elements "leo" meaning "lion" and "hard" meaning "brave" or "strong." The combination of these elements gives the name Leonard a powerful meaning, often interpreted as "brave lion" or "lion-hearted."

People named Leonard are often associated with characteristics such as strength, courage, and leadership. They are believed to possess a fierce determination and a strong sense of responsibility. Leonard is a name that exudes a sense of power and confidence, making it suitable for individuals who are ambitious and driven.

In addition to its strong meaning, the name Leonard has been popularized by various historical figures, including the patron saint of prisoners, St. Leonard of Noblac. This association has further contributed to the name's significance and appeal. Overall, the name Leonard carries a sense of nobility and valor, making it a meaningful choice for parents seeking a name that embodies strength and bravery.

Origin: German

Like a lion.


Saints names, Victorian names

Related names

Leonard , Lenda, Lennart, Leon , Lionel

Other boys names beginning with L


Overall UK ranking: 222 out of 4789

233 recorded births last year

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (477)

Historical popularity of Leonard

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