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Leopold
Origin
Word/Name Central Europe
Other names
Related names Leo

Leopold is an originally Germanic name composed of two stems, common to Germanic names. The first part is related to the Latin word "Leo", meaning lion (Although some say the first part is related to Old High German "liut" meaning "people"). The Germanic peoples had no word for "lion" as they weren't aware of their existence until they established contacts with the Romans. The second part is of Germanic origin and means "brave", compare "bold". The name hence originally meant something close to "as brave as a lion". The name has been observed since the 5th century, including by the Frank Gregory of Tours, and the name gradually spread across Western Europe and during the 16th century it became popular in the southern Holy Roman Empire, due to the influence of the Margraves of Austria from the Babenberg dynasty.[1][2]

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  1. ^ "Nederlandse Voornamen Databank". 
  2. ^ "Leopold". Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. Retrieved 2008-10-11.