Leander comes from Ancient Greek Leandros, made up of Ancient Greek elements leon (lion) and aner (man) meaning “lion of a man” or “lion-man”. In Greek mythology, Leander was a young man who was in love with Hero, a priestess of Aphrodite, though they both lived on opposite sides of the Hellespont. Every night, Leander would swim across the water guided by a light Hero lit at the top of the tower, until one night there was a storm and he drowned. In her grief, Hero threw herself into the water, drowning herself. Leander is also a surname originating from the given name.
Origin: Ancient Greek
- Leandros (Ancient Greek)
- Leandro (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
- Léandre (French)
- Leandra (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)