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What does Leona mean?

Leona /le-ona/ 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.

Associated with: lion


Leona has 11 variants: Leeona, Leeowna, Leoine, Leola, Leone, Leonelle, Leonia, Leonie, Leontine, Leontyne and Leowna.

Related girl name: Loni.

Leona has 6 more related forms via Leonie: Leonda, Leondra, Leondrea, Leonela, Leoni and Leonine.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Leonai, Lieona, ..

(male) Leonam, Leont, ..

How popular is Leona?

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. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name history of Leona for girls. Leona reached its highest position of #75 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is at #738 presently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leona name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Leona outside U.S.

Leola, Leon, Leone, Leonia, Leonie, Leontine and Loni are the popular related forms of Leona (#738 the previous year) appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Leona was more pronounced among parents in the 1900s (usage of 0.4%) and has become much lower since, with versions such as Leola becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leona, Leola, Leon, Leone, Leonia in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leonie, Leontine, Loni in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Leona and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Leona is alike in pronunciation to Lanai, Lannah, Lanny, Leana, Leanah, Leanna, Leannah, Leena, Lenah, Leni, Lewana, Leyna, Liahna, Lianna, Linea, Linnae, Linnea, Lonna, Luana, Luanna, Lyna, Lynae, Lynah, Lynnae and Lynnea. Other suggested similar names are Anona, Arona, Bena, Deana, Dena, Deona, Diona, Eena, Geena, Gena, Genna, Geonna, Jeana, Jena, Jenna, Keena, Keona, Latona, Leala, Lean, Leann, Lecia, Leesa, Leeya, Legra, Leia, Lene, Lenora, Leoda, Leonara, Leonor, Leora, Leota, Lesha, Letoya, Letta, Levona, Lexia, Lora, Meena, Merona, Mona, Neina, Riona, Sedona, Teona, Veena, Venna, Verona and Yona. These names tend to be less commonly used than Leona.