Name of the Day: Leander December 8, 2009 By appellationmountain 13 Comments Leo is poised to return to the heights of popularity. More names you might like:Name of the Day: LelandBaby Name of the Day: LeonaBaby Name of the Day: LysanderLeo: Baby Name of the DayBaby Name of the Day: Cleon Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailPrint
Hi, not sure what happened to this post! But just thought I’d drop a comment saying the “Leander” post information went missing.
can’t read the whole post! where did it go?
love, love, love!
Romantic, masculine, timeless, regal, wearable!
We just named our son Leander. Not only doe we like its leonine quality, but we think the story of Hero & Leander is romantic & symbolizes a bridge between two lands (i.e. the Hellespont). It is also the ancient name of a lighthouse tower on a tiny islet in the beautiful Bosphorous Strait in Istanbul. Also, a Greek name is timeless & more appealing than the strange, concocted names currently en vogue. Nicknames are easy: Leo, Lee, Ander, Andy …
Like Leander but much prefer the similar Evander.
I want to like it, it is a great alternative to Alexander, a more substantial form of Lee etc, but it just does not do anything for me. I don’t know why.
Mention Leander here and you’d probably get “That’s a cute girl’s name!”. In fact, I have mentioned it out of curiosity and did get a similar response.
Nice enough but not for me. And it reminds me of the highly toxic Oleander plant which I see far too much of in peoples’ gardens around here.
It seems very frilly and feminine.
I like it! Another name that came to my mind when you mentioned Leander was Lysander (maybe you could make that a future Name of the Day candidate?).
Charlotte Vera says
I’m not a fan. Growing up I had a friend and classmate saddled with the very Dutch Leendert (now there’s an interesting NotD for you!). We were once at the same summer camp, and an “a” was accidentally added to his name on all the camp documents and posters. As a result, most of our fellow campers went around calling him “Leanne-dirt” for most of the week. They weren’t trying to tease him, that’s just how they honestly thought it was supposed to be said. However, the awkwardness of that pronunciation jumble resurfaces when I come across the similar-soundings Leander.
I like Leander! It is pronounced Lee-AN-der? Not LEEN-der, right? I like the nickname options of Leo and Ander.
Leah is mentioned here, and I always wonder why anyone chooses this name for a baby girl. If you know the bibical story of Leah, it’s like naming your daughter “homely older sister with weak eyes.” (Jacob was tricked into marrying Leah, when he’d actually been laboring for seven years to win the hand of her younger beautiful sister Rachel.) Why would anyone saddle their daughter with this name and story?
I know what you mean – I can’t help but think of the Bible story, too. But most people probably wouldn’t make the connection, and as long as you don’t name your second daughter Rachel, you’re probably okay.