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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.

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Famous People Named Leander

Saint Leander, Catholic Bishop of Seville, circa 534-600, was instrumental in converting the Visigothic kings of Hispania (modern day Spain and Portugal).
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
Leander Adrian Paes is an Indian professional tennis player who is considered to be one of the best doubles and mixed doubles players of all time, having achieved a career Grand Slam in each discipline.

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
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.

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Leander's International Variations

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