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

Leopold Origin and Meaning

The name Leopold is a boy's name of German origin meaning "brave people".

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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Leopold's International Variations

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


ParanoidAndroid Says:


Why did the noble, chauvinistic Leopold drop out of the Top 1000 in the late 20s? And, in turn, why are Leon, Leo, Leonard, Leonardo way more popular, despite Leopold’s stalwart, aristocratic image? The world may never know. Leopold is a total winner.

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.