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What does Leo mean?

Leo /leo/ [2 sylls.] 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 9 variants: Lee, Leon, Leoncio, Leonel, Leonello, Leontios, Lev, Lion and Lyon.

Affiliated boy names: Leomaris, Leander, Leonard and Leopold.

Leo has 1 feminine form: Leanna.

Kreatif forms: Laleo, Leola, Leopo. [more]

How popular is Leo?

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 (#4296 out of 150436, Top 3%). (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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Leo and associated names. Leander, Lee (#701 the previous year), Leon (#321), Leonard (#662), Leonel (#430) and Leopold are the prominent related forms of Leo (#97 the previous year). These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 (usage of 0.6446%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.3984%, down 38.2%), 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, and there is a rebound in birth name popularity for Leo. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

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

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Leonel, Leopold in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.