Leonardo Name Meaning

Lastest Updated June 7, 2024
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Fact: Leonardo has been a consistently popular name in Italy, Spain, and Portuguese-speaking countries. It has also gained widespread use in USA, making its way into the top 100 in 2016.

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A Deep Dive

Leonardo Overview

Meaning

Brave as a lion, lion-hearted

Gender

Boy

Origin

Italian, Spanish, Portuguese

Etymology

Derived from the Germanic name Leonhard, combining “leon” (lion) and “hard” (brave, hardy).

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/ˌliːoʊˈnɑːrdoʊ/

Popularity

Popular in Italy, Spain, and Portuguese-speaking countries; also widely used in English-speaking countries.

Syllable

3 syllables

Length

8 letters

Numerology

3 (Expressive, Social, Artistic)

Name Styles

Classic, Mythological, Cool, Cute, Long, Unique

Associated Traits

Brave, strong, artistic, intellectual, noble

Name Day

November 6th
A Deep Dive

Leonardo Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Leonard, Leonardo, Leonhard, Lionel, Leon, Leopold, Leonidas, Leonello, Léonard, Leandro

Common Nicknames

Leo, Leon, Lenny, Nardo, Lee, Lio, Ardo, Dino, Len, Nardo

Diminutives

Lio, Ardo, Nard, Dino, Leonny, Lea, Nano, Lenny, Leos

Famous People

  • Leonardo da Vinci
    (Italian Artist)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
    (American Actor)
  • Leonardo Bonucci
    (Italian Footballer)
  • Leonardo Sbaraglia
    (Argentinian Actor)
  • Leonardo Jardim
    (Portuguese Football Manager)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Leonardo
    ("Leonardo", TV Series)
  • Leonardo
    ("Leonardo", Animated TV Series)
  • Leonardo
    ("Leonardo da Vinci", Book)

Places

  • Leonardo community
    (New Jersey, USA)
  • Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
    (Rome, Italy)
  • Parco Leonardo Park
    (Rome, Italy)

What Is the Meaning of Leonardo?

The name Leonardo means “lion hearted” or “strong as a lion.” It combines the Germanic elements “leon,” meaning “lion,” and “hard,” meaning “brave” or “hardy.”

The name represents strength, courage, and nobility, akin to the qualities of a lion.

What Is the Origin of The Name Leonardo?

Leonardo is of Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese origin, deriving from the Germanic name Leonhard. The name was popularized in Italy and Spain during the Renaissance, largely due to the influence of the famous polymath Leonardo da Vinci.

The name spread throughout Europe and later to other parts of the world, becoming a classic and timeless choice. Its rich history and association with notable figures have helped maintain its popularity across cultures.

Leonardo Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Leonardo in the U.S. over the Years

United States flagUnited States#872021#752022#842023
Top 3 Rankings#752022#842023#862019

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Leonardo

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202384
(-9 from 2022)
4012
(-350 from 2022)
0.21910
202275
(+12 from 2021)
4362
(+261 from 2021)
0.23289
202187
(-1 from 2020)
4101
(-1 from 2020)
0.21888
202086
No change from 2019
4102
(-321 from 2019)
0.22177
201986
(+6 from 2018)
4423
(+202 from 2018)
0.23015
201892
(+5 from 2017)
4221
(+92 from 2017)
0.21716
201797
(-1 from 2016)
4129
(-195 from 2016)
0.20863
201696
(+7 from 2015)
4324
(+503 from 2015)
0.21346
2015103
(+11 from 2014)
3821
(+371 from 2014)
0.18690
2014114
(+17 from 2013)
3450
(+541 from 2013)
0.16836
2013131
(+21 from 2012)
2909
(+225 from 2012)
0.14396
2012152
(-3 from 2011)
2684
(+43 from 2011)
0.13227
2011149
(+1 from 2010)
2641
(+25 from 2010)
0.13001
2010150
(+14 from 2009)
2616
(+249 from 2009)
0.12734
2009164
(+4 from 2008)
2367
(+21 from 2008)
0.11160
2008168
(-4 from 2007)
2346
(-181 from 2007)
0.10759
2007164
(+19 from 2006)
2527
(+340 from 2006)
0.11408
2006183
(+3 from 2005)
2187
(+42 from 2005)
0.09976
2005186
(+9 from 2004)
2145
(+182 from 2004)
0.10083
2004195
(+16 from 2003)
1963
(+255 from 2003)
0.09289
2003211
(+19 from 2002)
1708
(+248 from 2002)
0.08129
2002230
(+4 from 2001)
1460
(+7 from 2001)
0.07065
2001234
(+19 from 2000)
1453
(+122 from 2000)
0.07025
2000253
(+1 from 1999)
1331
(+100 from 1999)
0.06374
1999254
(+3 from 1998)
1231
(+71 from 1998)
0.06037
1998257
(+100 from 1997)
1160
(+453 from 1997)
0.05721
1997357
(+44 from 1996)
707
(+122 from 1996)
0.03539
1996401
No change from 1995
585
(+15 from 1995)
0.02920
1995401
(-23 from 1994)
570
(-51 from 1994)
0.02834
1994378
(-10 from 1993)
621
(-22 from 1993)
0.03047
1993368
(+13 from 1992)
643
(+42 from 1992)
0.03113
1992381
(-7 from 1991)
601
(-11 from 1991)
0.02863
1991374
(+41 from 1990)
612
(+57 from 1990)
0.02887
1990415
(+62 from 1989)
555
(+156 from 1989)
0.02579
1989477
(+9 from 1988)
399
(+43 from 1988)
0.01904
1988486
(+12 from 1987)
356
(+36 from 1987)
0.01778
1987498
(-2 from 1986)
320
(+10 from 1986)
0.01641
1986496
(+6 from 1985)
310
(+9 from 1985)
0.01613
1985502
(-13 from 1984)
301
(+6 from 1984)
0.01564
1984489
(+25 from 1983)
295
(+29 from 1983)
0.01572
1983514
(-33 from 1982)
266
(-48 from 1982)
0.01427
1982481
(+10 from 1981)
314
(+24 from 1981)
0.01664
1981491
(-42 from 1980)
290
(-54 from 1980)
0.01557
1980449
(+51 from 1979)
344
(+67 from 1979)
0.01855
1979500
(+29 from 1978)
277
(+34 from 1978)
0.01546
1978529
(-17 from 1977)
243
(-13 from 1977)
0.01422
1977512
(-8 from 1976)
256
(+2 from 1976)
0.01498
1976504
(-24 from 1975)
254
(-23 from 1975)
0.01556
1975480
(+8 from 1974)
277
(+9 from 1974)
0.01707
1974488
(+37 from 1973)
268
(+45 from 1973)
0.01644
1973525
(-25 from 1972)
223
(-26 from 1972)
0.01382
1972500
(+41 from 1971)
249
(+30 from 1971)
0.01487
1971541
(+32 from 1970)
219
(+21 from 1970)
0.01205
1970573
(+57 from 1969)
198
(+41 from 1969)
0.01039
1969630
No change from 1968
157
(+13 from 1968)
0.00858
1968630
(-22 from 1967)
144
(-8 from 1967)
0.00811
1967608
(-18 from 1966)
152
(-10 from 1966)
0.00854
1966590
(+75 from 1965)
162
(+38 from 1965)
0.00891
1965665
(+15 from 1964)
124
(-5 from 1964)
0.00654
1964680
(-14 from 1963)
129
(-8 from 1963)
0.00636
1963666
(-14 from 1962)
137
(-4 from 1962)
0.00664
1962652
(-10 from 1961)
141
(-8 from 1961)
0.00671
1961642
(+115 from 1960)
149
(+45 from 1960)
0.00691
1960757
(-65 from 1959)
104
(-18 from 1959)
0.00480
1959692
(+34 from 1958)
122
(+17 from 1958)
0.00563
1958726
(+64 from 1957)
105
(+15 from 1957)
0.00487
1957790
(+19 from 1956)
90
(+5 from 1956)
0.00411
1956809
(-23 from 1955)
85
(-1 from 1955)
0.00396
1955786
(-51 from 1954)
86
(-10 from 1954)
0.00411
1954735
(+51 from 1953)
96
(+14 from 1953)
0.00464
1953786
(-11 from 1952)
82
No change from 1952
0.00410
1952775
(+99 from 1951)
82
(+18 from 1951)
0.00416
1951874
(-37 from 1950)
64
(-2 from 1950)
0.00335
1950837
(+19 from 1949)
66
(+2 from 1949)
0.00363
1949856
(+76 from 1948)
64
(+9 from 1948)
0.00355
1948932
(+51 from 1947)
55
(+3 from 1947)
0.00309
1947983
(-174 from 1946)
52
(-15 from 1946)
0.00280
1946809
(-19 from 1945)
67
(+6 from 1945)
0.00406
1945790
(+42 from 1944)
61
(+4 from 1944)
0.00445
1944832
(+137 from 1943)
57
(+9 from 1943)
0.00410
1943969
(+85 from 1942)
48
(+7 from 1942)
0.00330
19421054
(-67 from 1941)
41
(-1 from 1941)
0.00291
1941987
(+44 from 1940)
42
(+3 from 1940)
0.00335
19401031
(-16 from 1939)
39
No change from 1939
0.00329
19391015
(+28 from 1938)
39
(+1 from 1938)
0.00344
19381043
(+51 from 1937)
38
(+3 from 1937)
0.00334
19371094
(-26 from 1936)
35
(-1 from 1936)
0.00320
19361068
(-265 from 1935)
36
(-23 from 1935)
0.00338
1935803
(+93 from 1934)
59
(+10 from 1934)
0.00552
1934896
(+41 from 1933)
49
(+4 from 1933)
0.00461
1933937
(+67 from 1932)
45
(+2 from 1932)
0.00441
19321004
(+46 from 1931)
43
(+2 from 1931)
0.00400
19311050
(+19 from 1930)
41
(-1 from 1930)
0.00383
19301069
(-210 from 1929)
42
(-17 from 1929)
0.00372
1929859
(+104 from 1928)
59
(+9 from 1928)
0.00533
1928963
(-105 from 1927)
50
(-12 from 1927)
0.00438
1927858
(-3 from 1926)
62
(+2 from 1926)
0.00534
1926855
(+253 from 1925)
60
(+20 from 1925)
0.00524
19251108
(-88 from 1924)
40
(-8 from 1924)
0.00347
19241020
(-12 from 1923)
48
No change from 1923
0.00411
19231008
(+38 from 1922)
48
(+3 from 1922)
0.00424
19221046
(+12 from 1921)
45
(+1 from 1921)
0.00400
19211058
(-98 from 1920)
44
(-8 from 1920)
0.00387
1920960
(+137 from 1919)
52
(+13 from 1919)
0.00472
19191097
(-18 from 1918)
39
(-1 from 1918)
0.00384
19181079
(-46 from 1917)
40
No change from 1917
0.00381
19171033
(+302 from 1916)
40
(+14 from 1916)
0.00417
19161335
(+37 from 1915)
26
(+2 from 1915)
0.00282
19151372
(-369 from 1914)
24
(-7 from 1914)
0.00272
19141003
(+253 from 1913)
31
(+14 from 1913)
0.00454
19131256
(+12 from 1912)
17
(+3 from 1912)
0.00317
19121268
(-343 from 1911)
14
(+1 from 1911)
0.00310
1911925
(+3 from 1910)
13
(+1 from 1910)
0.00539
1910928
(-88 from 1909)
12
No change from 1909
0.00575
1909840
(+533 from 1908)
12
(+7 from 1908)
0.00678
19081373
(-279 from 1907)
5
(-2 from 1907)
0.00301
19071094
(-175 from 1905)
7
(-1 from 1905)
0.00441
19060
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
1905919
(+94 from 1902)
8
(+2 from 1902)
0.00559
19040
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19030
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19021013
(-77 from 1885)
6
(+1 from 1885)
0.00452
19010
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19000
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18990
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18980
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18970
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18960
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18950
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18940
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18930
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18920
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18910
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18900
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18890
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18880
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18870
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18860
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
1885936
First SSA data recorded
5
First SSA data recorded
0.00431
18840
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18830
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18820
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18810
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18800
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000

American States Popularity Rankings for Leonardo

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

California (CA) flagCalifornia (CA)#342021#352022#302023

Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#392021#312022#352023

New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#992021#742022#962023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#492021#242022#372023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#812021#742022#722023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#552021#532022#452023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#712021#842022#752023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#1572021#1412022#1372023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#662021#652022#1222023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#1472021#1482022#1422023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#832021#662022#852023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#832021#1102022#1072023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#392021#312022#332023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#1552021#1602022#1732023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#1532021#1542022#1312023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#1472021#1432022#1912023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#2302021#2092022#2042023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#1852021#1452022#1582023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#1352021#1292022#1412023

Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#1652021#722022#1792023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#1782021#1442022#1952023

Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut (CT) flagConnecticut (CT)#1062021#832022#772023

Utah (UT)

Utah (UT) flagUtah (UT)#1292021#792022#1502023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#1522021#1652022#2002023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#2982021#1862022#1662023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#1122021#762022#942023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#1112021#862022#1872023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#1472021#1632022#1162023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#2262021#2382022#2432023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#2072021#1952022#1882023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#1482021#1662022#2622023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#3412021#3442022#2082023

Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#1712021#1292022#1852023

Nebraska (NE)

Nebraska (NE) flagNebraska (NE)#1402021#1542022#1152023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#3092021#2912022#2452023

Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#1382021#1622022#2072023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#5592021#3682022#4512023

District of Columbia (DC)

District of Columbia (DC) flagDistrict of Columbia (DC)#1742021#1482022#882023

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#1882021#962022#1222023

Delaware (DE)

Delaware (DE) flagDelaware (DE)#2362021#1262022#802023

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#4492021#3902022#4492023

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#2252020#2252021#792022

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#1562021#1452022#1942023

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#2662018#1592019#2702022

Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#2402016#1982020#1712021

Wyoming (WY)

Wyoming (WY) flagWyoming (WY)#1112017#1102018

Maine (ME)

Maine (ME) flagMaine (ME)#2532020#2642022

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#3262021

Popularity Rankings for Leonardo in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Italy

Italy flagItaly#12020#12021#12022

Popularity in Mexico

Mexico flagMexico#42020#42021

Popularity in Brazil

Brazil flagBrazil#112000 (Decade)

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#172020#122021#122022

Popularity in Renaissance Italy

Renaissance Italy flagRenaissance Italy#221427

Popularity in Portugal

Portugal flagPortugal#382012#362019#342020

Popularity in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico flagPuerto Rico#542021#372022#622023

Popularity in Chile

Chile flagChile#642019#672020#722021

Popularity in Australia (NSW)

Australia (NSW) flagAustralia (NSW)#742021#662022#742023

Popularity in Other American Territories

American Samoa flag American Samoa
Guam flag Guam
Northern Mariana Islands flag Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands flag U.S. Virgin Islands

Other American Territories flagOther American Territories#692014

Popularity in Uruguay

Uruguay flagUruguay#982021#882022#762023

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#1092021#992022#2022023

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#1232021#992022#1132023

Popularity in Austria

Austria flagAustria#1212020#1082021#1102022

Popularity in Argentina

Argentina flagArgentina#1182013#1212014#1162015

Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#1162019#1282020#1162021

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#1542021#1612022#1702023

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#1562021#1932022#2702023

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#2792021#1782022#1662023

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#1942020#1862021#1982022

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#2732021#2172022#3662023

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#2302022#2322023

Popularity in Norway

Norway flagNorway#2922021#3242022#2402023

Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#2492021#3112022#2722023

Popularity in Iceland

Iceland flagIceland#3292021

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Leonardo a Name for Boys or Girls?

Leonardo is traditionally a name for boys. It has been predominantly used for males in Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese-speaking countries.

Furthermore, The name’s strong, heroic feelings and historical usage have solidified its association with boys.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Leonardo

Leonardo in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Leonardo da Vinci (Artist, 1452-1519): An Italian polymath renowned for his paintings, inventions, and contributions to science and the arts, including the "Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper."
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (Actor, born 1974): An American actor known for his roles in "Titanic," "Inception," and "The Revenant," for which he won an Academy Award.
  • Leonardo Bonucci (Footballer, born 1987): An Italian professional footballer who plays as a center-back for Juventus and the Italian national team, known for his defensive skills.
  • Leonardo Sbaraglia (Actor, born 1970): An Argentine actor acclaimed for his performances in "Wild Tales" and "Intacto."
  • Leonardo Jardim (Football Manager, born 1974): A Portuguese football manager recognized for leading AS Monaco to a Ligue 1 title in 2017.
  • Leonardo (2012, TV Series): A British-Italian children's historical fiction television series that depicts a young Leonardo da Vinci solving mysteries and inventing gadgets.
  • Leonardo (1990, Animated TV Series): An animated TV series featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with Leonardo being one of the main characters, known for his leadership and blue bandana.
  • Leonardo (2016, Book): A biography titled "Leonardo da Vinci" by Walter Isaacson, detailing the life and works of the Renaissance genius.
  • Leonardo (New Jersey, USA): A community in Middletown Township, known for its historic significance and proximity to Leonardo State Marina.
  • Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (Rome, Italy): Italy's largest airport, named after the famous Renaissance polymath, serving as the primary international gateway to Rome.
  • Parco Leonardo (Rome, Italy): A residential and commercial area in Rome, featuring modern amenities and shopping centers.

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Sibling Names for Leonardo