Tuesday, 24 June 2014


"Leander's Body Washed Ashore" by Axel Anderson

Origin: Greek
Meaning: "lion of a man"
Gender: Masculine
Pronunciation: lee-AN-dər

In Greek mythology, Leander, a young man from Abydos, fell in love with of Hero, a priestess of Aphrodite who lived in a tower in Sestos. Every night he would swim across the Hellespont to visit her, and Hero would light a lamp at the top of her tower to show him the way. One night, a storm blew out the fire from the lamp while Leander was swimming, and he became lost and drowned. When Hero saw his dead body, she threw herself from the edge of the tower so she could be with him in death.

Leander is also the name of a saint from Seville, a Bishop and Confessor.

   Related names:

Leandra - Italian, Portuguese, Spanish (f)
Léandre - French (m)
Leandro - Italian, Portuguese, Spanish (m)
Leandros - Greek (m)

   Name Days:

Poland: February 27

Leander is ranked #49 in Norway.

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