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The LEONARD surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 89,198 308 0.033 331
United States (1880 census) 24,814 205 0.05 496
Change since 1880 +64384 -103 -0.017 -165
Other Countries
Australia 3,038 513 0.019 186
United Kingdom 11,251 532 0.024 245
Top States for LEONARD by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 6,270 487 0.019 185
Florida 5,696 296 0.036 356
North Carolina 5,230 181 0.065 650
New York 4,953 296 0.026 261
Pennsylvania 4,772 213 0.039 389
Top States for LEONARD by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Vermont 414 145 0.068 680
North Carolina 5,230 181 0.065 650
New Hampshire 735 176 0.059 595
Maine 745 289 0.058 584
Louisiana 2,531 217 0.057 566


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called LEONARD live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called LEONARD represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called LEONARD in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a LEONARD by picking someone at random in Vermont than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of LEONARD

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the LEONARD surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the LEONARD surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of LEONARD in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 669 0.75
Asian/Pacific 401 0.45
White (Caucasian) 73,669 82.59
Black/African American 11,721 13.14
Mixed Race 1,177 1.32
White (Hispanic) 1,561 1.75

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the LEONARD surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of LEONARD in historical publications

The disposition of a lion; lion-hearted; from leon, a lion, and ard, Teutonic, nature, disposition.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

LEONARD. The personal name. Lennie and Lankin ajipear to be derivatives, and Leuard and Lcunard are corruptions.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to LEONARD

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as LEONARD.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for LEONARD

The following words are slight variants of LEONARD that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.