Leonardo Name Meaning

The Italian form of Leonard, Leonardo is bursting with elegance and romance, his sound reminiscent of art galleries, sprawling vineyards, and leisurely gondola rides. He’s packing some serious style points as well, transporting those around him straight to Milan Fashion Week.

With his in-demand -o ending and rich sound, it’s no surprise that he’s catching on in the States. He has a high-class air without a hint of pretentious, wearing well on a little boy and a man alike. While he’s no doubt grand, he can be dressed down as needed to feel more youthful with nicknames like Lee, Leo, and the spunky Nardo.

Leonardo is, of course, a classic, having tremendous ties to the halls of history with associations like Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo Bruni, and Leonardo Fibonacci. He also has more modern associations like Leonardo DiCaprio to give him some added cool points and wearability. Depending who you ask, he also appears as the coolest of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. If you ask us, that’s a winning connection!

In a sea of trendy names, Leonardo sticks out as a handsome choice with mighty legs to stand on. He doesn’t need a unique spelling to stand apart. He’s got more than enough style to go around!

Infographic of Leonardo name meaning, which is An Italian variant of Leonard, Leonardo means brave lion.
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Leonardo Name Popularity

How popular is the name Leonardo? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 680 5 0.0013%
1912 888 6 0.0012%
1913 910 7 0.0012%
1914 801 17 0.0024%
1915 1,181 8 0.0009%
1916 997 13 0.0013%
1917 854 24 0.0024%
1918 869 26 0.0024%
1919 911 22 0.0021%
1920 823 31 0.0028%
1921 902 26 0.0023%
1922 857 30 0.0027%
1923 827 32 0.0029%
1924 803 36 0.0031%
1925 926 23 0.002%
1926 725 43 0.0039%
1927 778 36 0.0033%
1928 760 38 0.0036%
1929 680 48 0.0046%
1930 759 35 0.0034%
1931 886 22 0.0022%
1932 765 33 0.0033%
1933 772 28 0.003%
1934 704 38 0.0039%
1935 664 44 0.0045%
1936 962 15 0.0016%
1937 838 21 0.0021%
1938 837 23 0.0022%
1939 768 28 0.0028%
1940 848 23 0.0022%
1941 795 29 0.0026%
1942 838 25 0.002%
1943 778 34 0.0026%
1944 671 47 0.0038%
1945 676 45 0.0037%
1946 735 43 0.0029%
1947 806 38 0.0023%
1948 751 42 0.0026%
1949 771 44 0.0027%
1950 727 50 0.0031%
1951 754 48 0.0028%
1952 669 66 0.0038%
1953 717 59 0.0033%
1954 708 64 0.0035%
1955 762 51 0.0028%
1956 731 60 0.0032%
1957 750 58 0.003%
1958 745 60 0.0032%
1959 684 81 0.0043%
1960 769 57 0.003%
1961 623 116 0.0061%
1962 623 107 0.0058%
1963 667 93 0.0052%
1964 637 100 0.0057%
1965 660 84 0.0051%
1966 582 117 0.0075%
1967 593 115 0.0076%
1968 582 124 0.0083%
1969 591 127 0.0082%
1970 567 155 0.0097%
1971 542 173 0.0115%
1972 508 195 0.0143%
1973 521 177 0.0137%
1974 486 224 0.0172%
1975 482 231 0.018%
1976 510 201 0.0156%
1977 502 220 0.0163%
1978 522 197 0.0147%
1979 485 244 0.0173%
1980 435 314 0.0215%
1981 476 264 0.018%
1982 476 272 0.0182%
1983 504 228 0.0155%
1984 482 258 0.0173%
1985 503 256 0.0169%
1986 490 277 0.0184%
1987 500 274 0.018%
1988 481 321 0.0206%
1989 486 342 0.0212%
1990 418 510 0.0308%
1991 383 551 0.0338%
1992 381 561 0.0351%
1993 375 591 0.0379%
1994 377 583 0.038%
1995 405 528 0.035%
1996 401 548 0.0366%
1997 357 671 0.0454%
1998 259 1,129 0.0754%
1999 256 1,201 0.0802%
2000 253 1,296 0.0848%
2001 233 1,424 0.0945%
2002 232 1,433 0.0956%
2003 212 1,676 0.1102%
2004 196 1,942 0.1274%
2005 186 2,123 0.1389%
2006 184 2,168 0.1385%
2007 165 2,499 0.1584%
2008 170 2,323 0.1503%
2009 164 2,350 0.1572%
2010 150 2,603 0.1806%
2011 149 2,627 0.1844%
2012 153 2,659 0.1866%
2013 131 2,892 0.2031%
2014 115 3,422 0.2349%
2015 103 3,802 0.2613%
2016 95 4,307 0.2987%
2017 97 4,102 0.2939%
2018 92 4,185 0.3046%
2019 87 4,391 0.3244%

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Names Like Leonardo

If you like Leonardo, you’ll love these other names like Leonardo.


What names are diminutives of Leonardo?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Leonardo sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Leonardo, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ardo

A variant form of Arden.

Lenn

Lion strength

German

Lennie

Lion strength

German

Lenno

Man

Native American

Lenny

English

Leo

Lion

Latin

Leon

Lion

Greek

Nard

Strong bear

Dutch

Nardo

Strong, hardy

Italian


What names are variants of Leonardo?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Leonardo.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lenard

Lion strength

German

Lennard

Lion strength

German

Leonard

Lion strength

German

Leonerd

Lion strength

German

Leonhard

Lion strength

German


What names sound like Leonardo?

If you like how Leonardo sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Leonardo.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Abelardo

Noble strength

German

Baiardo

Auburn-haired

French

Bajardo

Auburn-haired

French

Barnardo

Strong, brave bear

German

Bernardo

Strong, brave bear

German

Edgardo

Wealthy spear

English

Eduardo

Wealthy guard

Spanish

Gerardo

Spear brave

English

Leland

Plowed land

English

Leonidas

Lion strength

German

Leopold

Brave people

German

Renardo

Strong decision; fox

German

Reynardo

Strong decision; fox

German

Ricardo

Brave ruler

Spanish


What names are similar to Leonardo?

Find a name that’s like Leonardo, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Alejandro

Defender of man

Spanish

Antonio

Unknown meaning

Italian

Christopher

Bearing Christ

English

Damian

To tame

Greek

Emiliano

Rival

Italian

Emmanuel

God is with us

Hebrew

Giovanni

God is gracious

Italian

Maximus

Greatest

Latin

Santiago

Saint James

Spanish

Sebastian

Venerable or honorable

Greek


Lists With Leonardo

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Siblings of Leonardo

Mamas with kids named Leonardo also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ashton

Ash tree town

English

5 Comments

  1. My fiance was looking for an Italian name to stay true to his roots. For me, Leo was an old English name used multiple times in every older generation of my family, so it was an easy decision for us.
    We also like being able to call him Leon as he approaches school age if Leo seems too old fashioned (my fiance is also a gamer nerd so the reference to Resident Evil might play well for others!)

  2. My baby is named after his father. When I hear the name Leonardo it gives me a feeling of elegance, handsome strong sense

  3. My husband and I don’t love the idea of our son sharing a name with 10 of his friends his age but don’t want something that nobody will ever be able to spell or pronounce, and this was one of the few named we both liked.

  4. Love name have different pronunciation and my daughter choose it

  5. We picked the name Leonardo with the intention of using the shortened version Leo. I was always a huge fan of Leonardo Di Caprio and I loved that the name isn’t too common and is of European origin which my husband and I both are as well.


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