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Leonardo is a name that people can almost immediately associate with someone from history, current pop culture, and retro pop culture. Leonardo da Vinci comes to mind historically for his paintings and engineering designs, Leonardo DiCaprio for his acting ability, and Leonardo of “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” one of the most gregarious of the TMNT clan both past and present.

Meaning of the name Leonardo:

Italian: Strong as a lion, brave as a lion
Old High German: Strong, brave, hearty, lion

Origin of the name Leonardo:

Italian. Coming from the Old High German “Lewnhart” or Leonard which is broken into two elements, “lewo” meaning “lion” and “hart” meaning “strong, brave, hearty”. The Italian version, Leonardo, carries the same meaning of “brave lion”.

Symbolism of the name Leonardo:

Leonardo symbolizes strength, and bravery. It's meaning “brave as a lion” carries that on, portraying the determinedness of one in holding true to oneself through a strong and fearless heart.

Baby name: Leonardo

Style of the name Leonardo:

Classic

Gender of the name Leonardo:

Leonardo is often considered a baby boy name.

Pronunciation of the name Leonardo:

lee-ah-NAR-doh

Syllables in the name Leonardo:

Four

Emotion evoked from the name Leonardo:

The name Leonardo evokes a feeling of strength, bravery, and heartiness.

Alternative spellings for the name Leonardo:

Leonnardo, Lénárdo

Nicknames for the name Leonardo:

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

Popularity of the name Leonardo:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Leonardo was ranked the 86th most popular boy name in 2020. Leonardo topped out at 86th most popular baby boy names in both 2019 and 2020, and has been in the top 100 since 2016.

Related names for the name Leonardo:

Leonard, Lenard, Leonhard, Lennard, Leonerd, Lennart

Great middle names for Leonardo and their meanings:

  • Byron (at the byres or barn)
  • Constantine (constant, steadfast)
  • Ellis (my God is Yahweh)
  • Hunter (hunter)
  • Pressley (Priest's meadow)
  • Sawyer (wood cutter)

Famous people with the name Leonardo:

  • Leonardo da Vinci (scientist, inventor, engineer, sculptor, and painter)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (actor)
  • Leonardo Bonucci (Italian soccer player)
  • Leonardo Ulloa (Argentine soccer player)

Leonardo in movies/pop culture:

  • Leonardo (character in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”)
  • Leonardo(character in the novel by Dan Brown, “Angels and Demons”)
  • Leonardo Acropolis (character on the BBC sitcom “Blackadder”)