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Leo 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 names Leomaris, Leander, Leonard and Leopold.
Baby names that sound like Leo are Le-, Lea, Le and Lew.
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Popularity of Leo
Leo is a very popular first name for men (#168 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#6217 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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