Gender: Male Pronunciation: lee-OH-nee-dus; lee-oh-NYE-dus Meaning of Leonidas: "lion" Origin of Leonidas: Greek Leonidas's Popularity in 2019: #483

Leonidas Origin and Meaning

The name Leonidas is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "lion".

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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Rank in US: #483

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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.