Leonard

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Leonard mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Leonard

"Leonard" is a name of English origin, and it means "Brave as a Lion". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States writer of thrillers (born in 1925)
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From Old French Leonard, name of a 6th century Frankish saint, from Old High German leo (“lion”) and hart (“hard”).

  1. A male given name.
  2. A surname​ derived from the given name. Also used as an anglicisation of the Irish Ó Leannáin (Lennon).

Leonard was also found in the following language(s): Slovak

Notable Persons Named Leonard

Leonard Cohen is a folk music, folk rock, soft rock, and spoken word musician. His ongoing career started in 1956. Leonard was given the name Leonard Norman Cohen on September 21st, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec, Canada.

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Lenny Kravitz is a rock music, funk rock, hard rock, neo-psychedelia, and neo soul musician. He plays Gibson Flying V, Gibson Les Paul, and Gibson SG. His most notable accomplishments were from 1988 to present. Lenny was given the name Leonard Albert Kravitz on May 26th, 1964 in Manhattan. Lenny is also known as Lenny and Romeo Blue.

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Leonard Nimoy was an actor, author, film director, and photographer. He was most active from 1951 to 2013. Leonard was given the name Leonard Simon Nimoy on March 26th, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. He breathed his last breath on February 27th, 2015.

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Leonard Bernstein was a film score, classical music, ballet (music), opera, and musical theatre composer, conducting, author, lecturer, and pianist. He plays Piano. He was most prominent from 1940 to 1990. Leonard was given the name Louis Bernstein on August 25th, 1918 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S. He died on October 14th, 1990.

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Lenny Bruce was a satire, political satire, black comedy, improvisational theatre, and ribaldry comedian. Lenny was given the name Leonard Alfred Schneider on October 13th, 1925 in Mineola, New York, United States. He died on August 3rd, 1966.

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The Lord Callaghan of Cardiff was a Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Leader of the Opposition, Leader of the Labour Party, Foreign Secretary, Shadow Foreign Secretary, Shadow Secretary of State for Employment, Shadow Home Secretary, Home Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Leader o. The was given the name Leonard James Callaghan on March 27th, 1912 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, United Kingdom. He breathed his last breath on March 26th, 2005.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Leonard

Kawhi Leonard is a basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association. He has been prominent since 2011. Kawhi was born on June 29th, 1991 in Los Angeles.

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Sugar Ray Leonard is a boxer. Sugar was born on May 17th, 1956 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, U.S.

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Robert Sean Leonard is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1986. Robert was given the name Robert Lawrence Leonard on February 28th, 1969 in Westwood, New Jersey.

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Deke Leonard is a rock, roll, psychedelic rock, and progressive rock musician, songwriter, author, raconteur, and storytelling. He plays Guitar, keyboards, Keyboard instrument, Fender Telecaster, and Gibson SG. His most notable accomplishments were from 1962 to present. Deke was given the name Roger Leonard on December 18th, 1944 in Llanelli. Deke is also known as Leonard and Roger.

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Joshua was given the name Joshua Granville Leonard on June 17th, 1975 in Houston, Texas, U.S.

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Elmore Leonard was a pulp magazine, western fiction, and crime fiction writer. Elmore was given the name Elmore John Leonard, Jr. on October 11th, 1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. He died on August 20th, 2013.

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How popular is the baby name Leonard in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 200 0 200 #78 boy name
1881 206 0 206 #72 boy name
1882 231 0 231 #76 boy name
1883 200 0 200 #79 boy name
1884 206 0 206 #82 boy name
1885 204 0 204 #79 boy name
1886 236 0 236 #74 boy name
1887 207 0 207 #78 boy name
1888 225 0 225 #83 boy name
1889 229 0 229 #77 boy name
1890 275 0 275 #67 boy name
1891 235 0 235 #72 boy name
1892 301 7 294 #71 boy name
1893 275 0 275 #69 boy name
1894 343 0 343 #61 boy name
1895 342 0 342 #61 boy name
1896 350 0 350 #60 boy name
1897 310 0 310 #62 boy name
1898 421 0 421 #53 boy name
1899 321 0 321 #60 boy name
1900 465 0 465 #54 boy name
1901 362 0 362 #54 boy name
1902 433 7 426 #52 boy name
1903 448 0 448 #49 boy name
1904 508 0 508 #46 boy name
1905 495 0 495 #47 boy name
1906 498 6 492 #50 boy name
1907 552 5 547 #51 boy name
1908 614 0 614 #48 boy name
1909 665 0 665 #46 boy name
1910 803 10 793 #46 boy name
1911 958 5 953 #46 boy name
1912 1,938 10 1,928 #45 boy name
1913 2,287 11 2,276 #46 boy name
1914 2,932 9 2,923 #45 boy name
1915 4,004 11 3,993 #44 boy name
1916 4,347 19 4,328 #42 boy name
1917 4,710 16 4,694 #41 boy name
1918 5,010 30 4,980 #41 boy name
1919 5,036 26 5,010 #39 boy name
1920 5,543 32 5,511 #38 boy name
1921 5,676 25 5,651 #39 boy name
1922 5,433 26 5,407 #38 boy name
1923 5,506 21 5,485 #37 boy name
1924 5,629 27 5,602 #38 boy name
1925 5,499 35 5,464 #38 boy name
1926 5,444 41 5,403 #38 boy name
1927 5,339 29 5,310 #40 boy name
1928 5,177 42 5,135 #42 boy name
1929 4,867 40 4,827 #42 boy name
1930 4,690 31 4,659 #45 boy name
1931 4,307 29 4,278 #48 boy name
1932 4,119 18 4,101 #48 boy name
1933 3,976 22 3,954 #47 boy name
1934 3,849 14 3,835 #53 boy name
1935 3,828 22 3,806 #54 boy name
1936 3,728 13 3,715 #54 boy name
1937 3,498 20 3,478 #58 boy name
1938 3,691 24 3,667 #57 boy name
1939 3,727 14 3,713 #54 boy name
1940 3,843 28 3,815 #54 boy name
1941 3,995 12 3,983 #55 boy name
1942 4,382 11 4,371 #57 boy name
1943 4,627 14 4,613 #55 boy name
1944 4,205 19 4,186 #56 boy name
1945 4,128 6 4,122 #57 boy name
1946 4,715 16 4,699 #67 boy name
1947 5,173 15 5,158 #70 boy name
1948 4,799 19 4,780 #71 boy name
1949 4,562 12 4,550 #74 boy name
1950 4,601 19 4,582 #77 boy name
1951 4,749 13 4,736 #80 boy name
1952 4,634 15 4,619 #83 boy name
1953 4,446 28 4,418 #85 boy name
1954 4,499 14 4,485 #85 boy name
1955 4,271 13 4,258 #88 boy name
1956 4,394 20 4,374 #89 boy name
1957 4,345 16 4,329 #94 boy name
1958 4,026 15 4,011
1959 3,763 26 3,737
1960 3,652 19 3,633
1961 3,445 20 3,425
1962 3,168 19 3,149
1963 3,067 18 3,049
1964 3,081 12 3,069
1965 2,725 10 2,715
1966 2,468 12 2,456
1967 2,435 21 2,414
1968 2,277 19 2,258
1969 2,279 15 2,264
1970 2,303 7 2,296
1971 2,058 19 2,039
1972 1,728 9 1,719
1973 1,675 10 1,665
1974 1,480 10 1,470
1975 1,456 23 1,433
1976 1,327 18 1,309
1977 1,314 12 1,302
1978 1,323 9 1,314
1979 1,273 11 1,262
1980 1,290 13 1,277
1981 1,198 7 1,191
1982 1,213 11 1,202
1983 1,116 13 1,103
1984 1,061 8 1,053
1985 966 12 954
1986 912 11 901
1987 975 9 966
1988 911 0 911
1989 920 7 913
1990 863 0 863
1991 832 0 832
1992 777 0 777
1993 672 0 672
1994 645 0 645
1995 528 0 528
1996 547 0 547
1997 454 0 454
1998 471 0 471
1999 479 0 479
2000 451 0 451
2001 435 0 435
2002 396 0 396
2003 401 0 401
2004 385 0 385
2005 384 0 384
2006 383 0 383
2007 356 0 356
2008 400 0 400
2009 323 0 323
2010 388 0 388
2011 326 0 326
2012 338 0 338
2013 348 0 348
2014 385 0 385
2015 398 0 398
2016 448 0 448
2017 434 0 434

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Popularity of Leonard as a last name

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Common last names for Leonard

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  • Brown
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  • Jones
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  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • White
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Leonard U.S.
  White 80.38% 64.26%
  African American 14.07% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.59% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.77% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.77% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.42% 16.26%

Of Last Name Leonard

People with the last name Leonard are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Leonard

  • What name lists does Leonard rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Leonard? Leonard is the 248th most popular name of all time. As a last name Leonard was the 338th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Leonard have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 292,408 babies born with the first name Leonard in the United States. That's more than enough people named Leonard to occupy the territory of French Polynesia (France) with an estimated population of 277,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Leonard? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 200 new born babies.
  • When was Leonard first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Leonard is Tuesday, December 26th, 1820.
  • What year had the most people named Leonard born? The highest recorded use of the first name Leonard was in 1921 with a total of 5,651 babies. That's a lot of babies named Leonard!
  • Random Leonard Factoid: According to the 1945 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Leonard ranks 59th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Virginia. Imagine that, 101 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 1945.
  • Weird things about the name Leonard: Your name in reverse order is Dranoel. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dnoarle. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Leonard? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 91,475 people with the last name Leonard.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Leonard? Leonard was ranked as the 338th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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