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Gender: M Meaning of Leonardo: "brave lion" Origin of Leonardo: Italian and Spanish variation of Leonard, German Leonardo's Popularity in 2013: #131

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For centuries this name was associated primarily with the towering figure of Italian Renaissance painter-scientist-inventor Leonardo da Vinci, and was scarcely used outside the Latin culture. But then along came Leonardo DiCaprio, who was supposedly given the name because his pregnant mother felt her first kick while looking at a da Vinci painting in the Ufizzi Gallery in Florence, and who would make the name young and handsome and multi-cultural.

Leonardo is, along with other attractive Italian and Spanish names, rising rapidly, now at Number 131, and bringing nickname Leo along with it.

Famous People Named Leonardo

Leonardo "Leo" Wilhelm DiCaprio, American actor
Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance artist and inventor
Leonardo Fibonacci, Italian mathematician
Leonardo "Leo" Encinas Cruz, son of actor Javier Bardem and actress Penelope Cruz
Leonardo Fortunato Ponti, son of actress Sasha Alexander

Pop Culture References for the Name Leonardo

Leonardo, one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.