First name origins & meanings:

  1. Greek: Lion
  2. German: Lion-hearted
  3. Italian: Fierce one from Naples
  4. African American: Lion in a new city
  5. Spanish: Holy oil used in church

First name variations: Leone, Leonidas, Leosko, Leonato, Lennard, Lenard, Lennart, Leonardo, Leonhard, Leon, Lennie, Lenny, Len, Lénárd, Leonárd, Leó, Nappie, Nappy, Nap, Leon, Leon, Leonard, Napoleon, Oleos

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Southern Italian: nickname for a fierce or brave warrior, from Latin leo ‘lion’.
  2. Italian: from a short form of the personal name Pantaleo.
  3. Jewish: from the personal name Leo (from Latin leo ‘lion’), borrowed from Christians as an equivalent of Hebrew Yehuda (see Leib 3).
  4. English: from the Old French personal name Leon ‘lion’ (see Lyon 2).
  5. Spanish: variant or derivative of the personal name Leon.
  6. Dutch: from Latin leo ‘lion’, applied either a nickname for a strong or fearless man or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a lion; or alternatively from a personal name of the same derivation.
  7. German and Hungarian (Leó): Latinized form of Löwe (see Loewe).

Famous people who gave their babies this name: Tony Blair, Jeff Gordon, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem

This name appears in the following lists: Animals, Calendar-Based Names

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