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The surname Léonhard originates in Gascogne, France, is where Léonhard was first used as a surname. Léonhard was derived from the personal name Leonard, which means "lion-bold," and indicating that the original bearer was thought to be as bold as a lion.

Léonhard Early Origins



The surname Léonhard was first found in Gascony (French: Gascogne), an area of southwest France bordering Spain, that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.

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Léonhard Spelling Variations


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Léonhard Spelling Variations



Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Léonhard, including Léonard, Léonnard, Léonhard, Lénard, Liénard, Lenard, Lienard, Lionard, Lionhard, Léonart, Léonhart, Lénart, Liénart, Lionart, Lionhart, Lenart, Lienart, Léonardy, Léon, Léone, Léonne, Lion, Lione and many more.

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Léonhard Early History


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Léonhard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Léonhard research. Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1789, 1611, 1654, 1656, 1657, 1658, 1663, 1611, 1671, 1655, 1713, 1744, 1793 and 1766 are included under the topic Early Léonhard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Léonhard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Léonhard Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Hugues de Lionne (1611-1671), a French statesman; and his son, Artus de Lionne (1655-1713), abbé and Bishop of Rosalie in partibus infidelium...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Léonhard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North Ameri ca. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Léonhard has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Léonhard were

Léonhard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Caspar Leonhard, who came to America in 1709 with his wife and daughter
  • Nicolas Léonhard, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Niclas Leonhard, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Nicklaus Leonhard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Joh Conrad Leonhard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1773
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Léonhard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann Leonhard, who arrived in New York in 1843
  • Johann Jacob Leonhard, who landed in Texas in 1846
  • Johan Jacob Leonhard arrived in Texas in 1846
  • Peter Leonhard, who landed in North America in 1852
  • Miss Leonhard, who landed in North America in 1853
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Léonhard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Léonhard (post 1700)



  • James Andrew "Jim" Leonhard (b. 1982), American football safety in the National Football League
  • Wolfgang Leonhard (1921-2014), German political author and historian
  • Karl Leonhard (1904-1988), German psychiatrist
  • Kurt Albert Ernst Leonhard (b. 1910), German author, translator, and editor

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    4. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    11. ...

    The Léonhard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Léonhard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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