Meaning and Name Origin
Leo \leo\ as a boys' name is pronounced LEE-oh. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Leo is "lion". A common name in Roman times, and the name of 13 popes, including Leo the Great (fifth century), who successfully dealt with Attila the Hun when the Vandals conquered Rome. Author Leo Tolstoy; actor Leo G. Carroll.
Leo has 1 feminine form: Leanna.
Leo is a very prominent first name for males (#168 out of 1220, Top 14%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#6217 out of 88799, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Leo for boys. Leo reached its apex position of #43 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, and is at #97 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Leo and associated names. Prominent related forms of Leo (#97 the previous year) rated in the Top 1000 are Leander, Lee (#701 the previous year), Leon (#321), Leonard (#662), Leonel (#430) and Leopold. These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during 1900-1909 and are now much less widespread, with the versions Leander, Lee, Leon, Leonard and Leopold falling out of fashion. Leo (#97) and Leonel (#430) are two of the more contemporarily stylish boy names here, with Leo having a rebound in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Leo▲ is alike in pronunciation to La-, Le, Le-, Lea, Lew▼, Lleu, Loew, Lou▼ and Loy▼. Other suggested similar baby names are Lem▼, Len▼, Les▼, Lex, Lexo, Reo and Teo. These names tend to be less commonly used than Leo.