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Gender: Male Meaning of Leander: "lion-man" Origin of Leander: Greek

The name Leander is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "lion-man". Leander and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Leander is an almost unknown name with great potential as a possible alternative to the overused Alexander. In Greek legend, Leander was the powerful figure who swam across the Hellespont every night to visit his beloved Hero, a priestess of Venus.

Leander is currently a Top 40 name in Norway; Leandro is the attractive Spanish form, and Leandre is popular in France--it appears in three Moliere plays.

Leander Sydnor was the name of one of the younger police detectives on The Wire.

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Famous People Named Leander

Saint Leander, Bishop of Seville, circa 534-600, was instrumental in converting the Visigothic kings of Spain and Portugal
Leander Starr Jameson, 1st Baronet, 10th Prime Minister of the Cape Colony
Leander Adrian Paes, Indian tennis player
Leander Dendoncker, Belgian footballer
Leander Henry Perez, American judge and politician from Louisiana
Leander Babcock, US Congressman from New York
Leander Martin Cox, US Congressman from Kentucky
Leander James McCormick, American inventor and businessman
Leander Hamilton McCormick, American inventor; son of the above
Leander Jordan, American NFL player

Pop Culture References for the name Leander

Leander, Greek mythological figure who swam across the strait of Abydos to visit his lover Hero and was drowned one stormy night when he lost his way
Daphne and Amy Leander, characters in Lauren DeStefano's "The Internment Chronicles"
Leander, penniless and unworthy idealist posing as a nobleman in the Spanish comedy "Los intereses creados" (1908) by Jacinto Benavente
Leander Sydnor, character on the HBO drama The Wire
Leander Cephas Whitlock, character on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire"
Leander Club, founded in 1818, is one of the oldest rowing clubs in the world, and the oldest non-academic club.
Leander, Texas
Leander, Danish baby and children's furniture company
The Leander class was a class of eight light cruisers built for the Royal Navy in the early 1930s that saw service in World War II.

Leanther, Leiandros, Liandro, Ander, Liander, Leandres, Lee, Leo

Leander's International Variations

Léandre, Léon (French) Leandros (Greek) Leandro (Spanish)


josephinedagnall Says:


I really love this name! It's strong, handsome, and a great alternative for the overused Alexander (which I also love). The only thing making me hesitant is the fact that Leander is a very tragic character in Greek mythology. I suppose all names have less-than-desirable connotations, though.

Ziraleet Says:


I don't really like the way most -ander names sounds coming from someone with no accent (the basic American 'accent'). the weird 'an' sound does not work. In my opinion.

danirose01 Says:


I love Leander... it's a beautiful, powerful but soft boy's name. It could be a good way to honor a Leon or even a female Leanne. However, I much prefer Evander.

jaz.fortune Says:


I really like this name, Leander Atlas seems very handsome. I would call him my little lion or leo :)

FantasyandPrayer Says:


I like it :) maybe not enough to ever use it but I definitely like it. Considering it as a character name.

Daphodil Says:


Super trendy in Norway :)

headintheclouds Says:


Leander sounds very strong and also romantic, + has ancient roots and history, while also having the potential to sound hip, new and refreshing. I love the sound of it, the meaning and the written spelling. I like that it's one letter away from the word "leader", that you can get away with nicknaming a Leander Leo because of the meaning, and that it sounds great in its full form. It's unique, but not crazy, and hits a familiar sweet spot to unusual names. If you can't already tell, Leander is one of my favorite names :)

lesliemarion Says:


What a beautiful name! It sounds both powerful and gentle and rhymes with the also lovely word "meander".