Leonardo Name Meaning & Origin

Leonardo

Pronunciation: lay-oh-NAHR-doh (key)

Origin of the name Leonardo:

A borrowing from the Old French, Leonard is from the Old High German Lewenhart, a compound name composed from the elements lewo (lion) and hart (strong, brave, hearty): hence, "brave as a lion, lion-hearted." The name was introduced to England by the Normans but did not become popular until the 19th century.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Leonardo: | Edit

I've heard it pronounced lee-oh-NARD-oh. (The guy goes by Leo)

Personal experiences with the name Leonardo: | Edit

My son is 1 1/2 years old, and we absolutely love his name! It’s unique, artistic and hip! I love how we sometimes call him Leonardo, sometimes Leo, and he even has a little friend who calls him “Ardo”. I love the expression on people’s faces when I tell them his name. Usually they say, “Leonardo! I LOVE that name!” We are so happy with the name and it suits my son perfectly.

Nicknames for Leonardo: | Edit

Leo, Lee, Ardie, Len, Lenny, Leon, Leonard, Nardo, Nano, Léo (LeH-oo)

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Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio, American actor
Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance artist and inventor
Leonardo Fibonacci, Italian mathematician
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Leonardo "Leo" Encinas Cruz, son of actors Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz
Leonardo Fortunato Ponti (b. 2011), son of Serbian-American actress Sasha Alexander and Italian director Edoardo Ponti

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Leonardo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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