Leonard is a male given name meaning “brave lion” made up from Germanic elements leon (lion) and hard (brave, hardy), both of which derive from a PIE source. Leonard is also an English and French surname which originates from the given name; it’s also been used as an anglicized form of Irish O’Leannain meaning “descendant of Leannán”, the latter meaning “lover; sweetheart”.

Nicknames: Len, Lennie/Lenny

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Léonard (French)
  • Lennard (English)
  • Lenard (English)
  • Lennart (Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Low German)
  • Leonhard (German)
  • Leonardo (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Lenart (Slovene)
  • Leonardis (Italian, English)


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