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Gender: Male Meaning of Leonid: "lion" Origin of Leonid: Russian, variation of Leonidas "lion"

The name Leonid is a boy's name of Russian origin meaning "lion". Leonid and is often added to lists like Russian Baby Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Makeover 10 times".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Leonid

Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev, former Soviet leader
Leonid Makarovych Kravchuk, 1st President of Ukraine
Leonid Danylovych Kuchma, 2nd President of Ukraine
Leonid Vasilievich Khabarov, Russian colonel during the Afghan war
Leonid Vitaliyevich Kantorovich, Russian Soviet economist
Leonid "Leo" Hurwicz, Polish-American economist
Leonid Ivanovich Rogozov, Russian physician who extracted his own appendix
Leonid Mikhailovich Kharitonov, Russian operatic bass-baritone
Leonid Nikolaievich Andreyev, Russian Expressionist playwright
Leonid Filatov aka Leonid the Magnificent, Russian performance artist

Pop Culture References for the name Leonid

The Leonids, a meteor shower that occurs every November

Lyeka, Lyenya


lesliemarion Says:


Why would the final sound - d - be pronounced with a t?

I say it Layo-ned. Like the gorgeous meteor showers of fall.

Omri Says:


It's pronounced lee-oh-neet. Like the Leo in Leonardo, that means.

DearestJules Says:


Does anyone know if the "Leo" in this name is pronounced like Leonard (leh) or like Leonardo (lee-o)?