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

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.

Famous People Named Leander

Leander, young man from Abydos who swam across the strait to visit his lover Hero and was drowned one stormy night when he lost his way

Pop Culture References for the name Leander

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

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

Leander's International Variations

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