Meaning and name origin
Leona \le(o)-na\ as a girl's name is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Leona is "lion". Feminine of Leon. American version; Léonie (see Leonie) is the French form more popular in Europe. The notoriety of Leona Helmsey has probably made the name less popular.
For more information, see also the related girl name Loni.
Leona is a very popular first name for females (#281 out of 4276, Top 7%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#62430 out of 88799, Top 70%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Leona for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Leona and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Leona (#738), Loni, Leontine, Leola, Leonie and Leone. (2014 statistics).
Leona is also pronounced similarly to Laina, Lana, Lanna, Leana, Leanah, Leanna, Leena, Leenah, Leiana, Leina, Lena, Lenae, Lenah, Lenai, Lenna, Lenya, Leoni, Lewana, Leyna, Liana, Lina, Linna, Lona, Lonna, Luana, Luna, Lyna and Lynna. Other suggested similar baby names are Deona, Keona, Leann, Lene, Leoda, Leonda, Leora, Leota, Levona and Teona. These names tend to be less commonly used than Leona.