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Gender: M Meaning of Leonard: "brave lion" Origin of Leonard: German Leonard's Popularity in 2013: #687

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Leonard is the name of several saints, including one who is the patron saint of childhood, and another medieval saint who's the patron of prisoners--known for freeing prisoners he deemed worthy of God. Popular from 1900 to 1930, Leonard is perhaps more notable for those who dropped the name when they entered show biz than those who kept it: former Leonards include Roy Rogers and Tony Randall. Two musical Leonards did keep their names though--composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein and poet-singer Leonard Cohen. These days, modern parents tend to prefer Leo or the romantic Italian Leonardo.

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Famous People Named Leonard

Leonard Bernstein, an American composer.
Leonard Nimoy, an American actor.
Leonard Cohen, a Canadian singer.
Leonard Maltin, an American film critic.
Leonard "Lenny" Kravitz, an American singer.
Leonard Susskind, American physicist, one of the fathers of string theory.
Leonard Hankerson, an American football player.
Leonard Johnson, an American football player.
Leonard Pope, an American football player.
Leonard Walter Jerome, an American businessman and grandfather of Winston Churchill.
Leonard Alfred Schneider "Lenny Bruce", American comedian
Leonard Kimball Firestone, an American businessman, ambassador and philanthropist.
Leonard Barrie Corbin, an American actor known as Barry Corbin.
Elmore John Leonard, American novelist.
Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, British politician.

Pop Culture References for the Name Leonard

Leonard Leakey Hofstadter, a main character from the U.S. show "The Big Bang Theory".
Leonard "Lenny" Kosnowski, a main character from the U.S. show "Laverne and Shirley".
Leonard "Bones" McCoy, a main character from "Star Trek".
Leonard Bankhead, a main character in "The Marriage Plot" by Jeffrey Eugenides.
Leonard "Lenny" Feder, from movie "Grown Ups".

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Leonard's International Variations

Leonhard, Lenard, Lennard, Len (German) Leonides, Leon, Leonidas (Greek) Lionzio (Italian) Leonid (Russian) Leos, Leonti (Slavic) Leonardo (Spanish) Lennart (Swedish)