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Updated January 24, 2024

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • English: story about the past

What does Legend mean and stand for?

The name Legend is from the English word referring to a story about the past, or a heroic character in the story. It is derived from the Latin word legere, which means "to read."

Syllables: 2

How Popular Is The Name Legend


According to Social Security Administration data, Legend has been rapidly increasing in popularity, breaking the top 200 in 2019, and the top 150 in 2020. It's been jumping the ranks multiple positions at a time.

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Legend was at its peak popularity in July 2016.

Legend entered the top 1000 for the first time in 2010, perhaps due to John Legend, or to the popularity of How I Met Your Mother's Barney Stinson's catch-phrase "legen... wait for it... dary!". The name gives namesakes a lot to live up to, as it is oftentimes used to denote someone who is fantastic. Celebrities Donald Glover and Queen Naija chose the name for their sons.

Where is it Popular?

Legend was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Legend

  • Gen
  • Legde

Pairs well with these middle names


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