Recorded in many spelling forms including Leonard, Lennard, Learned (England), Leonhard, Leonhardt (Germany), Leonardi, Leonardo, Lunardi (Italy), Lenart (Czech) and many, many more, this is a surname of Germanic or occasionally Irish origins. It derives from either the pre 7th century German personal name "Leonhard", composed of the elements "levon" meaning a lion, and "hardu", brave or hardy. The first recorded bearer of this given name was a 6th century saint who was consistently popular in France and England well into the Middle Ages, claiming over one hundred church dedications to his credit. He was and is, the patron saint of those held in captivity. In Ireland the surname may be from the same source, or as a form of the Gaelic O'Leannain. This is composed of the elements O' meaning "descendant of", and "Leannan", a byname meaning "lover". The surname is first recorded in England and Agnes Leonard appears in the Hundred Rolls of Huntingdonshire, dated 1272, whilst in Germany Johannes Leonardi of Ulm appears in the charters of that city in 1479. Thomas Leonard was one of the earliest namebearers to settle in the colony of Virginia, New England in 1635. The first recorded spelling of the family name anywhere in the world is that of Stephanus Leonardus. This was dated 1221, in the Assize Court Rolls of Worcestershire, during the reign of King Henry 111rd of Engaland, 1216 - 1272. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Léonard — Leonard oder Léonard ist eine Form des Namens Leonhard. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Bekannte Namensträger 1.1 Vorname 1.2 Familienname 1.3 Künstlername // …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • LEONARD — Léonard Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Léonard est un prénom français d origine Germanique. Les premières mention date du VIe siècle. À l époque mérovingienne on disait Liudhard… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Leonard — oder Léonard ist ein männlicher Vorname, siehe Leonard (Vorname) – dort auch Namensträger der Künstlername des Schweizer Sängers Leonard (* 1964) Leonard (Automobilhersteller), ein britischer Autohersteller der Künstlername des elfjährigen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Leonard — (pronounced leh nerd) is a given name and a surname; it may also refer to:In places: * Leonard, Michigan * Leonard, Minnesota * Leonard, Missouri * Leonard, North Dakota * Leonard, Oklahoma * Leonard, TexasIn other uses: * Leonard (demon), in the …   Wikipedia

  • Leonard — Leonard, MO U.S. village in Missouri Population (2000): 66 Housing Units (2000): 40 Land area (2000): 0.320656 sq. miles (0.830495 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.320656 sq. miles (0.830495 sq …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Leonard — hace referencia a: Abreviatura científica para el botánico Emery Clarence Leonard. G.Léonard Guy Léonard (1927). J.Léonard Jean Joseph Gustave Léonard (1920). K.J.Leonard Kurt J. Leonard fl. (1974). S.W.Leonard Steven W. Leonard (1943). Leonard… …   Wikipedia Español

  • léonard — ● léonard nom masculin Dialecte breton parlé dans le nord du Finistère (pays de Léon), constituant la base de la langue littéraire. ● léonard, léonarde adjectif et nom Du pays de Léon, en Bretagne. léonard, arde [leɔnaʀ, aʀd] adj. et n. ÉTYM.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Leonard's, St. —    LEONARD S, ST., a parish, in the district of St. Andrew s, county of Fife; containing 554 inhabitants. This parish derives its name from the dedication of its ancient church, and appears to have had its origin in the frequent pilgrimages made… …   A Topographical dictionary of Scotland

  • Leonard — Leonard, Léonard Nom de baptême formé à la fois sur une racine latine (leo = lion > Léon) et sur une racine germanique (hard = dur). Popularisé par saint Léonard (ou Liénard), ermite français du VIe siècle. Converti au catholicisme en même… …   Noms de famille

  • Leonard — m English: from an Old French personal name of Germanic origin, composed of the elements leon lion (a late borrowing from Romance) + hard hardy, brave, strong. This was the name of a 5th century Frankish saint, who became the patron of peasants… …   First names dictionary

  • Leonard, MI — U.S. village in Michigan Population (2000): 332 Housing Units (2000): 129 Land area (2000): 0.963260 sq. miles (2.494832 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.963260 sq. miles (2.494832 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

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