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Meaning and name origin

Leo \leo\ as a boy's 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 9 variant forms: Lee, Leon, Leoncio, Leonel, Leonello, Leontios, Lev, Lion and Lyon.

For more information, see also related boy names Leomaris, Leander, Leonard and Leopold.

There is 1 feminine form of Leo: Leanna.


Leo is a very popular first name for males (#168 out of 1220, Top 14%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#6217 out of 88799, Top 7%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Leo for boys (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Leo name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Leo and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Leo (#97), Leon (#321), Leonel (#430), Leonard (#662), Lee (#701), Leopold and Leander. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Leo, Leon, Leonel, Leonard, Lee, Leopold, Leander in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Leo, Leon, Lee outside U.S.

Similar Names

Leo is also pronounced similarly 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.


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