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Leonard Surname Meaning

English; French (Léonard); Walloon (mainly Léonard): from a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements leo ‘lion’ (a late addition to the vocabulary of ancient Germanic name elements taken from Latin) + hard ‘hardy brave strong’ which was taken to England by the Normans. A Christian saint of this name who is supposed to have lived in the 6th century but about whom nothing is known except for a largely fictional life dating from half a millennium later was popular throughout Europe in the early Middle Ages and was regarded as the patron of peasants and horses. In North America the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates from other languages e.g. Italian Leonardo Polish Slovenian etc. Lenart or Lenard and probably also their derivatives. Compare Larned Learned and Yenor . Irish (Fermanagh): adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Mac Giolla Fhionáin or of Langan . German: variant of Leonhard cognate with 1 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Leonardo, Leopard, Reynard, Bernard, Conard, Leonhardt, Leonardi

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You can see how Leonard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leonard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leonard families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 866 Leonard families living in Quebec. This was about 46% of all the recorded Leonard's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Leonard families in 1911.
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What did your Leonard ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Leonard. 25% of Leonard men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Leonard women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leonard were Laborer and Student. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Cultivateur
  • Labourer
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Income
  • Stenographer
  • Student
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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Leonard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Leonard in 1942 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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