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Origin: France
Region Origin: Western Europe

Leonard is a boy's name of German origin, meaning "lion's strength". It is derived from the Old High German name Leonhard, which combines the elements "lewo," meaning "lion," and "hardu," meaning "hardy" or "brave". The name has come to represent "lion strength," "lion-strong," or "lion-hearted". Additionally, Leonard is also an Irish surname, originating from the Gaelic "O'Leannain," which may translate to "descendant" or "lover". The name Leonard has been popular in various cultures and languages, with forms such as Leonard, Leonhard, Lennart, and Leonardus. It was brought to England by the Normans and has been used consistently throughout the Middle Ages, becoming even more common in the 20th century. The name has been associated with notable figures, including Saint Leonard, the patron saint of prisoners, and various well-known personalities in the fields of entertainment, sports, and science.

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