Leander Name Meaning & Origin

Leander

Pronunciation: lee-AN-der (key)

Origin of the name Leander:

Derived from the Greek Leiandros (lion man, like a lion). The name is composed of the elements leōn (lion) and andros (man).

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Darleen, Darlene, Leander and Leandre are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

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Lee, Andy, Ander, Ean, Leo

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Hero and Leander is a Greek myth. Hero, a priestess of Aphrodite dwelt in a tower, at the edge of the Hellespont and Leander on the other side of the strait. Leander fell in love with Hero and would swim every night across the Hellespont to be with her. But one stormy winter night Leander lost his way, and was drowned. Hero threw herself from the tower in grief and died as well.

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Saint Leander of Seville, early Catholic Bishop
Leander J. McCormick, American captain of industry and philanthropist.
Leander McNelly, Confederate officer and Texas Ranger captain.
Leander Paes, Indian professional tennis player.
Leander Watts, American writer.

Leander in song, story & screen: | Edit

Leander Sydnor, fictional character on "The Wire" television series.
"Hero and Leander", a mythological poem by Christopher Marlowe.
Leander Hastings, fictional character in Cinda Williams Chima's "Heir Trilogy"
Leander Holland, fictional character in "Red Dead Redemption" video game

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