Russian, variation of Leonidas "lion"

Leonid Origin and Meaning

The name Leonid is a boy's name of Russian origin meaning "lion".

This form got noticed as the first name of long-reigning Russian president Brezhnev; other bearers include playwright and short-story writer Andreyev, Leonid the Magnificent,a Russian performance artist on America's Got Talent, and Leonid McGill, the protagonist of a Walter Mosley private eye series. All in all, though, Leonid is not the most likely to join the pride of lion-related names here.

Famous People Named Leonid

  • Leonid Ilyich Brezhnevformer Soviet leader
  • Leonid Makarovych Kravchuk1st President of Ukraine
  • Leonid Danylovych Kuchma2nd President of Ukraine
  • Leonid Vasilievich KhabarovRussian colonel during the Afghan war
  • Leonid Vitaliyevich KantorovichRussian Soviet economist
  • Leonid "Leo" HurwiczPolish,American economist
  • Leonid Ivanovich RogozovRussian physician who extracted his own appendix
  • Leonid Mikhailovich KharitonovRussian operatic bass,baritone
  • Leonid Nikolaievich AndreyevRussian Expressionist playwright
  • Leonid Filatov aka Leonid the MagnificentRussian performance artist

Leonid in Pop Culture

  • The Leonidsa meteor shower that occurs every November
  • Leonid Volkovtopman on the titular ship in the mystery video game "Return of the Obra Dinn"