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The baby name Leland is associated with an astronaut and with a rapper, to name a few. It is a name that was once a surname, though it does not have the typical last name sound that other popular unisex options do. Though around since the nineteenth century at least, Leland is a top 500 name as of 2020.

Meaning of the name Leland:

English: meadowland, fallow land

Origin of the name Leland:

Leland originated as a surname in England. It was meant for families of a town that was spelled the same and meant “meadowland” or “fallow land.” Leland became a standalone first name in the nineteenth century, and continues to be a popular option today.

Symbolism of the name Leland:

Leland means “meadowland” or “fallow land” as it was a description of the town so named it. Families from the area obviously lived among rolling hills of meadows in England.

Baby name Leland


Style of the name Leland:


Gender of the name Leland:

Leland is used for boys or girls, but it is primarily seen for males.

Pronunciation of the name Leland:

LEE-lind or LEE-land

Number of syllables in the name Leland:


Emotion evoked from the name Leland:

Leland feels strong, serious, and proud. It is not arrogant though, as it has a bit of a simple nature to it.

Alternative spellings for the name Leland:

  • Leeland
  • Lealand
  • Leighland
  • Lelend
  • Lelund
  • Leyland

Nicknames for the name Leland:

Popularity of the name Leland:

Leland has been in use as a baby name in America for over a century. It was actually a top 200 name from 1915 to 1931 and again from 1933 to 1934. The name did decline in the late-twentieth century, but it is slowly increasing in popularity again. As of 2020, Leland is rank 473.

Related names for the name Leland:

Great middle names for Leland and their meanings:

  • Bailey (berry clearing, bailiff)
  • Peyton (fighting man's estate)
  • Harlow (army hill)
  • Taylor (tailor, cutter of cloth)
  • Layton (dweller in the lane)
  • Arley (hare meadow)

Famous people with the name Leland:

  • Leland Melvin (astronaut)
  • Leland Stanford (founder of Stanford University)
  • Leland Sklar (musician)
  • Leland Chapman (famous bounty hunter)
  • Leland Austin (rapper, Yung L.A.)
  • Leland Orser (actor, “Taken”)
  • Leland Hartwell (winner of Noble Peace Prize)

Lelands in popular culture:

  • Leland Fitzgerald (main character from “The United States of Leland”)
  • Leland Palmer (character from “Twin Peaks”)
  • Leland Stottlemeyer (character from “Monk”)
  • Leland Fontaine (character from “Digital Fortress”)
  • Leland Wickstaff (character from “The Wish Giver”)
  • Leland Zevo (character from “Toys”)
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