Leonard

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Etymology[edit]

From the Germanic name of a 6th century Frankish saint, corresponding to Old High German lewo (lion) (from Latin leo)+ harti (hard).

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Leonard

  1. A male given name.
    • 1844 Catherine Gore, The Birthright and Other Tales, Henry Colburn 1844, page 251:
      - - - save the delight of being called "Leo" by those whom the newspapers call "the leading fashionables", whereas, had he stuck to the city , he might still have been called only Leonard, like his father before him.
    • 1997 Don DeLillo, Underworld, Simon&Schuster 1998, ISBN 0684848155, page 592:
      "You want names, I'll give you names. My name is Leonard Alfred Schneider. What was I doing when I took the name Lenny Bruce? I was moving towards the invisible middle.
  2. A surname derived from the given name. Also used as an anglicisation of the Irish Ó Leannáin (Lennon).

Usage notes[edit]

  • The given name has been in quiet continuous use since the Middle Ages. A popularity peak occurred during the first half of the 20th century.

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