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Leander

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

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Variants:

  • Leandros (Ancient Greek)
  • Leandro (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Léandre (French)

 

Female forms:

  • Leandra (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)

 

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