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Leonidas

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Quick Facts on Leonidas

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Greek
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 701
Pronunciation:
le-ON-ә-thes
Simple meaning:
Lion

Characteristics of Leonidas

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Leonidas

Leonidas (Λεωνίδας) is a Greek masculine name, from “leon” (λεων) meaning “lion”. The name Leonidas is over 2,500 years old as evidenced by Leonidas I, a 5th century B.C. a great hero-king of Sparta. He was so admired for his strength, bravery and leadership, the ancient Greeks believed him to be descended from Hercules. The “Leo” names were readily adopted by Western Christians since medieval times, as well, given the fact that thirteen Popes were called Leo (starting with the 5th century Bishop of Rome, Leo the Great, who famously persuaded Attila the Hun to withdraw from his planned attack on Rome). The lion is a powerful and regal animal so it’s no wonder why so many people of so many different languages have chosen some version of this name for their sons.

Popularity of the Name Leonidas

This ancient Greek lion showed up on the American male naming charts in the late 1800s but only sporadically. By the time the 20th century got under way, Leonidas was nowhere to be found. The name only recently showed up on the Top 1000 list again in 2008 but it’s still considered quite rare. In fact, out of all the “Leo” names with the “regal and brave lion” etymology, the most ancient of all (the Greek spelling of Leonidas) is the least popular of them all. American parents prefer the Italian Leonardo followed closely by the minimalistic Leo. The French Leon is a distant third, and rounding out the bottom are Leonel, Leonard, Lionel and finally Leonidas. Leonidas is the forerunner, though. He’s where it all began.
Popularity of the Boy Name Leonidas
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Leonidas

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Leonidas

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Leonidas

    Posthumus Leonatus (Cymbeline) Posthumus Leonatus is a character in William Shakespeare’s romance, Cymbeline, probably first performed around 1611. Posthumus is a lowly-born man who has been raised by Cymbeline, the king of the Brits, and who is in love with Cymbeline’s beautiful daughter, Imogen. Imogen and Posthumus are secretly married, as Cymbeline, under the influence of his queen, wishes to marry Imogen to her loutish son. Low born or not, Posthumus seems to have really lucked out – he has a beautiful and noble wife who loves him, so what does he do? He believes a crackpot who tells him that she was unfaithful to Posthumus with him, and even goes so far as to plan Imogen’s murder. There is along the way, of course, much in the way of banishings, revenge-taking, identity theft, disguises and mayhem in general, but Posthumus has the blessing of Jupiter upon him. At the end of the (long) day, Posthumus is made to see the error of his ways, repents and is blissfully reunited with Imogen. To cap it off, Cymbeline now approves as well, the wicked queen is dead, and everyone else lives happily ever after. Posthumus – one lucky dude!

  • Popular Songs on Leonidas

    Popular Songs on Leonidas

    Leonidas - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Leonidas.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Leonidas

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Leonidas

    Cucutras, Leonidas (Jo Lodge) - Spanish edition. Un libro lleno de solapas para que los más pequeños descubran los secretos de la selva jugando al escondite. TItulos de la colección: 1) Leónidas y su pijama de estrellas; 2) Leónidas y las cinco mariposas; 3) Leónidas y sus botas rojas; 4) Leónidas y el globo redondo. Cucutrás, LeOnidas. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Leonidas of Sparta: A Heroic King (Helena P. Schrader) - Persia has crushed the Ionian revolt and is gathering a massive army to invade and punish mainland Greece, but in Sparta the dangers seem closer to home. The Eurypontid king Demaratus is accused of being a usurper, while the Agiad king Cleomenes is going dangerously mad. More and more Spartans turn to Leonidas, Cleomenes’s half-brother and son-in-law, to provide leadership. But Leonidas is the younger of twins, and his brother Brotus has no intention of letting Leonidas lay claim to the Agiad throne without a fight. This novel follows Leonidas and Gorgo as they steer Sparta through the dangerous waters of domestic strife and external threat, working together as a team to make Sparta the best it can be. But the forces that will destroy not only Leonidas but his Sparta are already gathering—not just in Persepolis and Sardis, but in the hubris of a rising Athens and the bigotry and xenophobia of his fellow Spartans. The murder of two Persian ambassadors by an agitated Spartan Assembly sets in train the inevitable conflict between Sparta and Persia that will take Leonidas to Thermopylae—and into history.This is the third book in a trilogy of biographical novels about Leonidas and Gorgo. The first book, A Boy of the Agoge, described Leonidas’s childhood in the Spartan public school. The second, A Peerless Peer, focused on his years as an ordinary citizen. This third book describes his rise to power, his reign, and his death. Recommended for ages young adult and older.

  • Famous People Named Leonidas

    Famous People Named Leonidas

    Famous People Named Leonidas - Leonidas I (ancient king of Sparta); Leonidas II (3rd century B.C. King of Sparta); Leonidas of Rhodes (ancient Greece Olympian); Leonidas of Tarentum (ancient Greek poet); Leonidas of Epirus (Alexander the Great’s teacher); Leonidas Kestekides (Greek-American Belgian chocolate maker); Leônidas da Silva (Argentine footballer); Leonidas Polk (Confederate general in the American Civil War); Leonidas C. Dyer (politician); Leonidas Sabanis (Greek Olympic weightlifter); Leonidas Kavakos (Greek violinist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Leonidas

    Children of Famous People Named Leonidas

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Leonidas - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Leonidas.

Personality of the Boy Name Leonidas

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Leonidas

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