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Gender: M Meaning of Leonidas: "lion" Origin of Leonidas: Greek Leonidas's Popularity in 2013: #701

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Leonidas is an ancient name that has started rising again along with his brethren. The original Leonidas was a Spartan king; there is also a saint Leonidas. More stately than Leon, more melodious than Leonard, Leonidas is a leonine name that commands respect.

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Famous People Named Leonidas

Leonidas "Lon" Chaney, silent film star
Leonidas Polk (1806-64), American Civil War general (Confederate)
King Leonidas I of Sparta

Pop Culture References for the Name Leonidas

King Leonidas from the 2006 film, "300," played by Gerard Butler