Italian and Spanish variation of Leonard, German
"brave lion"

Leonardo Origin and Meaning

The name Leonardo is a boy's name of Spanish, Italian origin meaning "brave lion".

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 a popular choice among other attractive Italian and Spanish names for boys, and its cousin Leo is popular as well.

# 84 in the US

Leonardo Rank in US Top 1000

# 514 on Nameberry

Leonardo Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Leonardo Popularity

Famous People Named Leonardo

  • Leonardo Wilhelm "Leo" DiCaprioAmerican actor
  • Leonardo da VinciRenaissance artist and inventor
  • Leonardo FibonacciItalian mathematician
  • Leonardo "Leo" Encinas Cruzson of actor Javier Bardem and actress Penelope Cruz
  • Leonardo Fortunato Pontison of actress Sasha Alexander
  • Leonardo Toni (b. 2014)son of footballer Luca Toni and model Marta Cecchetto
  • Leonardo "Leo" Ángel Charles (b.2016)son of actor Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas Baldwin
  • Leonardo Fábregas Semaan (b.2017)son of Spanish footballer Cesc Fábregas and girlfriend Daniella Semaan

Leonardo in Pop Culture

  • Leonardoone of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • One of the pressurized modules of the International Space Station
  • Leonardo "Leo" Wyattcharacter in TV show, Charmed
  • Leonardo "Leo" Watchcharacter in Blood Blockade Battlefront