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Gender: M Meaning of Leopold: "brave people" Origin of Leopold: German

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This aristocratic, somewhat formal Germanic route to the popular Leo is a royal name: Queen Victoria used it to honor a favorite uncle, King Leopold of Belgium. Though Leopold sounds as if it might be a leonine name, it's not really a relative of such choices as Leon, and Leonard.

In literature, the name is famous via Leopold Bloom, the central character of James Joyce's Ulysses and in music is associated with the distinguished conductor Leopold Stokowski, and it is also a saint's name.

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Famous People Named Leopold

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, author of 'Venus in Furs'
Leopold Stokowski, British orchestral conductor
King Leopold I of Belgium
King Leopold II of Belgium, known for his legacy of violence
Aldo Leopold, American environmentalist
Leopold Senghor, poet and first president of Senegal
Leopold Mozart, musician

Pop Culture References for the Name Leopold

Leopold Bloom, protagonist in James Joyce's 'Ulysses'
Kate & Leopold, a romantic comedy
Leopold "Leo" Fitz, a character on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Leopold's International Variations

Léopold (French) Luitpold (German) Leopoldo (Spanish)