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Gender: Male Meaning of Leopold: "brave people" Origin of Leopold: German

The name Leopold is a boy's name of German origin meaning "brave people". Leopold and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

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This aristocratic, somewhat formal Germanic route to the popular Leo is a royal name: Queen Victoria used it to honor a favorite uncle, King Leopold of Belgium. Though Leopold sounds as if it might be a leonine name, it's not really a relative of such choices as Leon, and Leonard.

In literature, the name is famous via Leopold Bloom, the central character of James Joyce's Ulysses and in music is associated with the distinguished conductor Leopold Stokowski, and it is also a saint's name.

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Famous People Named Leopold

Leopold I, King of Belgium
Leopold II (Léopold Louis Philippe Marie Victor), King of Belgium
Leopold III (Léopold Philippe Charles Albert Meinrad Hubert Marie Michel), King of Belgium
Saint Leopold III, Margrave of Austria
Saint Leopold Mandić, Croatian Capuchin friar
Leopold Senghor, poet and first president of Senegal
(Johann Georg) Leopold Mozart, German composer; father of W.A. Mozart
Leopold Ružička, Croatian chemist; winner of the Nobel Prize
Leopold George Duncan Albert, Prince of the UK; Duke of Albany, son of Queen Victoria
Leopold Maximilian Joseph Maria Arnulf, Prince of Bavaria, WWI Field Marshal
Leopold Clement Philipp August Maria, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke of Saxony
Léopold Ferdinand Élie Victor Albert Marie, Prince of Belgium, son and heir of King Leopold II
Leopold (born Leopoldo Beniamino Giuseppe), Prince of the Two Sicilies, Count of Syracuse
Leopold Franz Julius, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke in Saxony
Leopold Ritter von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian writer; root of the word "masochism"
Leopold Stokowski, British orchestral conductor
Leopold Morse, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
Leopold Zunz, German rabbi; founder of the field of Jewish studies
Aldo Leopold, American environmentalist
Leopold Brodziński, Polish actor
Leopold Staff, Polish poet
Leopold Rupprecht Ludwig Ferdinand Adalbert Friedrich Maria, Prince of Bavaria, German racing drive

Pop Culture References for the name Leopold

Leopold Bloom, main character in James Joyce's 'Ulysses'
Leopold Alexis Elijah Walker Gareth Thomas Mountbatten, Duke of Albany, main character in film "Kate & Leopold"
Leopold "Butters" Stotch, character on TV's "South Park"
Leopold von Flockenstuffen, character on British series "'Allo 'Allo!"
Leopold "Leo" Fitz, character on TV's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D"
Leopold, character on TV's "The Simpsons"
Leopold Vermillion, character on anime series "Black Clover"

Leopold's International Variations

Luitpold (German) Léopold (French) Leopoldo (Spanish)


sophiejade Says:


I'm currently watching a documentary on Queen Victoria's children, and the more I hear this name the more I fall in love with it. I love that you can use the much younger sounding Leo as a nickname for this.

Viniala Says:


Leopold is the name of my grandpa. Here in Germany it is quite a common name and I've already met a lot of people - from young to old - with that name. Some people say it fits elder people better than kids or teenagers but I think it fits to every age. It is a really cool name and you can use 'Leo' as a nice short form.

Heyo Says:


I know a guy named Leopold, and I really like it. Most people just call him Leo though, because it's shorter.

EW314 Says:


I think this is a great name! Very old-fashioned and clunky but also so handsome and regal. I like Leo as a nickname.

Fleur Says:


I really love this name- after long dicussions, we finally named our baby boy "Leopold". Thus, his friends can call him "Leo", is he prefers, but he can also use a quite sophisticated "Leopold" 😊

germanstar Says:


I would be named like that if I had been a boy. Being a German, I am used to meet people of all ages named Leopold. Well, it is not really popular in Germany as well but it is quite common.

germanstar Says:


I think this name is somehow old fashioned, I can't even imagine this name on a baby. My father almost named me Leopoldine, a feminine form of Leopold but finally my parents named me Leonora. Much better!

miraje Says:


I love the name Leopold, but I can't get past the King Leopold association... he was responsible for the enslavement and death of millions of people in the Congo. Not a nice man.

headintheclouds Says:


I love Leo but I think it's too short to be a full name on its own. I found Leopold and though the -old sound isn't too ideal, I actually liked it- it sounded regal and vintage and fusty in the best way possible. But then I learned history in school and the fact that King Leopold of Belgium is the first namesake that comes to my mind turned me off it forever. For an "old man" full name for Leo, I'd say Leonard is better- it's awesome! Or Leonidas if you want more of a dramatic romantic mythology theme.

Vespertinerose Says:


I was excited to have discovered the name on my family tree.

Noetje Says:


I love, love this name. To me it sounds very Jane Austen. Think a combo between the Scarlett Pimpernel and mr. Darcy. Dashing and swords, ballrooms and adventure. IMO William and Catherine should have a Leopold (if the baby’s a boy) but I doubt it will happen.

Whirligig Says:


I prefer Leo. Leopold is too posh sounding.

jordalini Says:


This is a bit pretentious.

Goodkarmavt Says:


I think it leads perfectly to Leo with giving more options. One of my favorite names.

Chrisco Says:


The nicknames Poe and Leo could so bring this name down to earth. It's a shame a lot of people seem to think of it as nerdy.