Name origin: Spanish (León)
Name meaning: habitational name from León, a
city in northwestern Spain, named with Latin legio, genitive
legionis ‘legion’, a division of the Roman army. In Roman times
the city was the garrison of the 7th Legion, known as the Legio
Gemina. The city’s name became reduced from Legion(em) to
Leon(em), and in this form developed an unetymological
association with the word for ‘lion’, Spanish león.
Name origin: English
Name meaning: occupational name for a dyer of cloth, Middle English
dyer (from Old English dēag ‘dye’; the verb is a
back-formation from the agent noun). This surname also occurs in
Scotland, but Lister is a more common equivalent there.