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

Leander Origin and Meaning

The name Leander is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "lion-man".

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

Pop Culture References for the name Leander

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

Leander's International Variations

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


Halouise Says:


Such a nice name!!!!! Somehow gentle sounding and also tough. I love it.

chasing lily Says:


I know this name from a book series called Charlotte Holmes Novels and while Leander is a weird character, I'd name a character after him.

ParanoidAndroid Says:


This name is two thumbs up. Definitely a better alternative to the horribly overused Alexander and not as weird as cousin Lysander. Makes me think of the story of Hero and Leander.

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".