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Gender: Male Pronunciation: lee-OH-nee-dus; lee-oh-NYE-dus Meaning of Leonidas: "lion" Origin of Leonidas: Greek Leonidas's Popularity in 2017: #497

The name Leonidas is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "lion". Leonidas is ranked #497 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Leonidas is an ancient name that has started rising again along with centuries-old names such as Augustus and Cato. The original Leonidas was the most famous of Sparta's warriors, sacrificing his life at the Battle of Thermopylae; there is also a saint Leonidas.

More stately than Leon, more melodious than Leonard, Leonidas is a leonine name that commands respect. In Portuguese, Spanish, and French, the name is pronounced lee-OH-nee-dus, but Americans tend to say lee-oh-NYE-dus.

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Famous People Named Leonidas

Leonidas I and II, Kings of Sparta
Leonidas Frank "Lon" Chaney, American actor
Leonidas Polk, American Confederate Civil War general
Leonidas E. "Lonie" Paxton, American NFL football player
Leonidas da Silva, Brazilian footballer
Leonidas Donskis, Lithuanian politician
Leonidas Sabanis, Greek Olympic weightlifter
Leonidas Sexton, U.S. Congressman from Indiana
Leonidas Flores (Reyes), Costa Rican footballer
Leonidas Carstarphen Dyer, U.S. Congressman from Missouri
Dimitri Leonidas, English actor
Georgina Leonidas, English actress

Pop Culture References for the name Leonidas

Leonidas, Belgian chocolate
Leonidas Komninos, character in "Thread" by Victoria Hislop
Leonidas "Leo" Valdez, character of the series "Heroes of Olympus" and "Trials of Apollo" by Rick Riordan


Rebecca Maracle Says:


I like it, but I'm not sure I'd have the guts to use it IRL. I like the nickname Nye for it.

autumnreverie Says:


It's also my favorite Leo name.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I have recently fallen in love with this name! Kind of disappointed that it's in the top 1000, even at a lower rank.

EleanorAll1 Says:


I would just be cautious about this one because it sounds kind of like a disease to me--Leonitis, like bronchitis.

headintheclouds Says:


Leonidas is really grand and elaborate, is almost over-the-top really, but I love it! The nickname Leo makes it accessible, and its full form is just strong and handsome and great. It's my favorite Leo- name variant for a boy.