What does Leona mean?
Leona \le(o)-na\ as a girls' 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 on this name, see also the related girl name Loni.
Leona is a very prominent first name for females (#281 out of 4276, Top 7%) and a slightly less prominent last name for all people (#101157 out of 150436, Top 67%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Leona for girls. Leona reached its highest position of #72 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is at #738 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Leola, Leone, Leonie, Leontine and Loni are the popular related forms of Leona (#738 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names was at its peak during the years 1890-1899 (usage of 0.422%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.0437%, down 89.7%), with the versions Leola, Leona, Leone and Leonie becoming less in vogue. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Leona and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Leona▼ is alike in pronunciation to Laina, Lana, Lanna, Leana, Leanah, Leanna▼, Leena, Leenah, Leiana, Leina, Lena, Lenae, Lenah, Lenai, Lenna▼, Lenya, Lewana, Leyna, Liana, Lina▼, Linna, Lona▼, Lonna, Luana, Luna, Lyna and Lynna. Other suggested similar baby names are Deona, Keona, Leann▼, Lene, Leoda, Leora▼, Leota▼, Levona and Teona. These names tend to be less commonly used than Leona.