Latin form of the Greek name Leandros, derived from leōn ‘lion’ + anēr ‘man’ (genitive andros). In Greek legend, Leander swam across the Hellespont every night to visit his beloved Hero and back again every morning; he was eventually drowned during a storm. In Christian times, the name was borne by a 6th-century saint, the brother of Sts Fulgentius, Isidore, and Florentina. He was a leading ecclesiastical figure of his day, a friend of Gregory the Great, and became archbishop of Seville. In modern times, the name has occasionally been used as an elaboration of the boy's name Lee.