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From Old French Leonard, name of a 6th century Frankish saint, from Old High German leo (lion) and hart (hard).


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A male given name from the Germanic languages.
    • 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, 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 quite continuous use since the Middle Ages. A popularity peak occurred during the first half of the 20th century.

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  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Leonard is the 338th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 91.475 individuals. Lange is most common among White (80.38%) and Black (14.07%) individuals.



Old French[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Leonard m (nominative singular Leonards)

  1. A male given name, Leonard.



Proper noun[edit]

Leonard m (genitive Leonarda, nominative plural Leonardovia) declension pattern chlap

  1. A male given name.


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Further reading[edit]

  • Leonard in Slovak dictionaries at korpus.sk