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Leonard Family History

Leonard Name Meaning
English and French (Léonard): from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements leo ‘lion’ (a late addition to the vocabulary of Germanic name elements, taken from Latin) + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’, which was taken to England by the Normans. A 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.Irish (Fermanagh): adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Mac Giolla Fhionáin or of Langan.Americanized form of Italian Leonardo or cognate forms in other European languages.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Leonard Families

  • Number of Leonard families
     958 - 1,914
     320 - 957
     1 - 319
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Leonard families
     600 - 1,197
     201 - 599
     1 - 200
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Leonard families
     157 - 312
     53 - 156
     1 - 52
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Leonard Family Origin

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Leonard Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Leonard

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Leonard Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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