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Leander, from the Hero and Leander
Hero and Leander
Hero and Leander is a Byzantine myth, relating the story of Hērō and like "hero" in English), a priestess of Aphrodite who dwelt in a tower in Sestos on the European side of the Dardanelles, and Leander , a young man from Abydos on the opposite side of the strait. Leander fell in love with Hero...

 myth, is a character from Greek myth
Greek mythology
Greek mythology is the body of myths and legends belonging to the ancient Greeks, concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world, and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practices. They were a part of religion in ancient Greece...

, and has given his name to several individuals, at least one city and a number of warships and warship classes of the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
The Royal Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. Founded in the 16th century, it is the oldest service branch and is known as the Senior Service...


With the given name

  • Leander of Seville
    Leander of Seville
    Saint Leander of Seville , brother of the encyclopedist St. Isidore of Seville, was the Catholic Bishop of Seville who was instrumental in effecting the conversion to Catholicism of the Visigothic kings Hermengild and Reccared of Hispania .-Family:Leander and Isidore and...

    , the 6th century bishop who converted the son of the Visigothic king from Arianism
  • Leander Babcock
    Leander Babcock
    Leander Babcock was a Democratic United States Representative for the 23rd district of New York. He was born in Paris, New York in 1811. Babcock first attended Hamilton College and then transferred to Union College where he was a member of The Kappa Alpha Society and was elected to Phi Beta...

    , a Democratic United States Representative for the 23rd district of New York
  • James Leander Cathcart
    James Leander Cathcart
    James Leander Cathcart was a diplomat, slave, and sailor. He is notable for his narrative as a slave in Algiers for eleven years.-Revolutionary War :...

    , diplomat, slave, and sailor, notable for his narrative as a slave in Algiers for eleven years
  • Leander Cox
    Leander Cox
    Leander Martin Cox was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.Born in Cumberland County, Virginia, Cox completed academic studies.He studied law.He was admitted to the bar and practiced.He moved to Flemingsburg, Kentucky....

    , a United States Representative from Kentucky.
  • Leander Czerny
    Leander Czerny
    Leander Czerny was an Austrian entomologist mainly interested in Diptera....

    , a Czech entomologist mainly interested in Diptera
  • Leander Haußmann
    Leander Haußmann
    Leander Haußmann is a German theatre and film director.The son of actor Ezard Haußmann and costume designer Doris Haußmann, he attended the Ernst Busch theatre school in Berlin....

    , a German theatre and film director
  • Leander Starr Jameson
    Leander Starr Jameson
    Sir Leander Starr Jameson, 1st Baronet, KCMG, CB, , also known as "Doctor Jim", "The Doctor" or "Lanner", was a British colonial statesman who was best known for his involvement in the Jameson Raid....

    , a British colonial statesman
  • Leander Jordan
    Leander Jordan
    Leander Jordan is an American football offensive tackle currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.-External links:*...

    , an American football offensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons
  • Leander Kahney
    Leander Kahney
    Leander Kahney is a technology writer and author. He is a former managing editor, and previously a senior reporter, at Wired News, the online sister publication of Wired...

    , an American journalist
  • Matthew Leander King
    Matthew Leander King
    Major Matthew Leander King was an American engineer.-Early life and marriage:King was born in Panora, Iowa, the son of Anna Ross and John King. He graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department of Iowa State College in 1906...

    , an American engineer
  • Leander J. McCormick
    Leander J. McCormick
    Leander James McCormick was an American farmer, inventor, manufacturer, and businessman. Although born in rural Virginia, he later owned vast amounts of real estate in downtown Chicago.-Life:...

    , an American philanthropist
  • Leander H. McNelly
    Leander H. McNelly
    Leander Harvey McNelly was a Confederate officer and Texas Ranger captain. McNelly is best remembered for leading the "Special Force", a quasi-military branch of the Texas Rangers that operated in South Texas in 1875-76....

    , a Confederate officer and Texas Ranger captain
  • Leander Paes
    Leander Paes
    Leander Adrian Paes, pronounced pās, is an Indian professional tennis player who currently features in the doubles events in the ATP tour and the Davis Cup tournament...

    , an Indian tennis player
  • Leander Perez
    Leander Perez
    Leander Henry Perez, Sr. , was the Democratic political boss of Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes in southeastern Louisiana during the middle third of the 20th century. Officially, he served as a district judge, later as district attorney, and as president of the Plaquemines Parish Commission...

    , a Louisiana Democratic Party political boss
  • Leander J. Talbott
    Leander J. Talbott
    Leander J. Talbott was a wealthy Missouri realtor and politician who served as Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, in 1884....

    , a former Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Leander Watts
    Leander Watts
    Leander Watts is an American writer. He is the author of four young adult novels, published by Houghton Mifflin. Watts grew up an old order Mennonite and his experiences in this culture are seen as a major influence on his work...

    , an author of young adult literature

With the surname

  • Brian S. Leander, an evolutionary morphologist at the University of British Columbia
  • Kathy Leander
    Kathy Leander
    Kathy Leander is a Swiss singer.She was born in the village of Alle in the Canton of Jura, Switzerland, on May 24, 1963 as Catherine Meyer. From the age of thirteen, she sang in the choir at her home village church and performed at several local events....

    , a Swiss singer
  • Mike Leander
    Mike Leander
    Michael George Farr professionally known as Mike Leander was an arranger and record producer for Decca Records in the 1960s and Bell Records in the 1970s and worked with such artists as Marianne Faithfull, Billy Fury, Marc Bolan, Joe Cocker, The Small Faces, Van Morrison, Alan Price, Peter...

    , an arranger and record producer for Decca Records
  • Richard Leander (pseudonym for Richard von Volkmann), a German surgeon and poet
  • Zarah Leander
    Zarah Leander
    Zarah Leander was a Swedish actress and singer.Leander began her career in the late 1920s, and by the mid 1930s her success in Europe, particularly in Germany and the Scandinavian countries, led to invitations to work in the United States...

    , a Swedish actress


  • Leander Lake, Minnesota
    Leander Lake, Minnesota
    Leander Lake is an unorganized territory in St. Louis County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 119 at the 2000 census.-Geography:According to the United States Census Bureau, the unorganized territory has a total area of 25.3 square miles , of which, 23.9 square miles of it...

  • Leander, Texas
    Leander, Texas
    Leander is a city in Williamson and Travis counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 7,596 at the 2000 census. According to the U.S. Census Bureau 2008 estimates the population is now 25,424...

    • Leander Independent School District
      Leander Independent School District
      Leander Independent School District is a school district based in Leander, Texas and covering a total of in Leander, Cedar Park, Jonestown in Williamson County and Northwest Austin in Travis County...

      • Leander High School
        Leander High School
        Leander is a secondary school in Leander, Texas and part of the Leander Independent School District. It was established in 1899.The school has a freshmen enrollment of 600 students and is accredited by the Texas Education Agency...


  • Leander McCormick Observatory
    McCormick Observatory
    The McCormick Observatory is one of the astronomical observatories operated by the Department of Astronomy of the University of Virginia and is situated just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia in Albemarle County on the summit of Mount Jefferson . It is named for Leander J...

    , named after Leander J. McCormick


As a legendarily good swimmer Leander has given his name to some swimming animals.
  • Anotomys leander, the Aquatic Rat
  • Leander (crustacean), a shrimp
    Shrimp are swimming, decapod crustaceans classified in the infraorder Caridea, found widely around the world in both fresh and salt water. Adult shrimp are filter feeding benthic animals living close to the bottom. They can live in schools and can swim rapidly backwards. Shrimp are an important...

    In biology, a genus is a low-level taxonomic rank used in the biological classification of living and fossil organisms, which is an example of definition by genus and differentia...


  • See for a list of Royal Navy ships bearing the name Leander. Among the most prominent are the 1930s cruiser class and the 1960s frigate class.
    • , a fifty gun fourth rate, fought at the Battle of the Nile
    • Leander class cruiser (1931)
      Leander class cruiser (1931)
      The Leander class was a class of eight light cruisers built for the Royal Navy in the early 1930s that saw service in World War II. They were named after mythological figures, and all ships were commissioned between 1933 and 1936...

}, a New Zealand Navy cruiser of World War II; lead ship of her class

}, a Royal Navy frigate; nameship of her class
  • Leander (clipper)
    Leander (clipper)
    Leander was a composite built clipper ship. She was designed by Bernard Waymouth, and built in 1867 by J G Lawrie of Glasgow for Joseph Somes.-Ship history:...

    , a clipper built in 1867
  • Leander (yacht)
    Leander (yacht)
    M.Y. Leander G is a luxury yacht built by Peene Werft in 1992. The yacht is owned by NCP millionaire Sir Donald Gosling. She is presently the world's 60th-largest superyacht.-Design:...

    , a modern cruising yacht, a number of ships with this name


  • LMS Jubilee Class 5690 Leander
    LMS Jubilee Class 5690 Leander
    London Midland and Scottish Railway Jubilee Class No. 5690 Leander is a preserved British steam locomotive.- Overview :...

    , a preserved steam locomotive
  • Leander Colt Incline
    Leander Colt Incline
    The Leander Colt Incline was a funicular railway situated on the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls near the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge. The incline railway was built in 1869, but was damaged in 1889 and abandoned....

    , a funicular railway


  • "Hero and Leander" (poem)
    Hero and Leander (poem)
    Hero and Leander is a mythological poem by Christopher Marlowe. After Marlowe's death it was completed by George Chapman. Henry Petowe published an alternate completion to the poem.-Publication:...

    , a mythological poem by Christopher Marlowe
  • Leander (computer game)
    Leander (computer game)
    Leander is a computer game for the Commodore Amiga developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Psygnosis in 1991. It was the first game to be developed by Traveller's Tales....

    , a video game for the Commodore Amiga computer
  • Leander Club
    Leander Club
    Leander Club, founded in 1818, is one of the oldest rowing clubs in the world. It is based in Remenham in the English county of Berkshire, adjoining Henley-on-Thames...

    , one of the oldest rowing clubs in the world, based in Remenham, near Henley-on-Thames, England
  • Leandro
    Leandro, full name José Leandro de Souza Ferreira, is a former football defender at Flamengo, winning four Brazilian national titles, five Rio State championships, one Libertadores da América, and one Intercontinental Cup against Liverpool...

     is the equivalent form in Castilian
    Spanish language
    Spanish , also known as Castilian , is a Romance language in the Ibero-Romance group that evolved from several languages and dialects in central-northern Iberia around the 9th century and gradually spread with the expansion of the Kingdom of Castile into central and southern Iberia during the...

     and Portuguese
    Portuguese language
    Portuguese is a Romance language that arose in the medieval Kingdom of Galicia, nowadays Galicia and Northern Portugal. The southern part of the Kingdom of Galicia became independent as the County of Portugal in 1095...