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What does Leon mean?

Leon Pronunciation of Leon [leon] as a boys' name is pronounced LEE-ahn. It is of Greek origin. Variant of Leo. The lion is a central figure in the art and religious symbolism of many different cultures, usually meaning kingliness, grandeur, and courage. See also Lionel. Author Leon Uris.

Associated with: greek, lion, courage (brave).


Leon has 5 variants: Leoncio, Leone, Lioni, Lionisio and Lionni.

Related boy names: Leonard and Napoleon.

6 more relations via Leo, Lionel: Lee, Leonel, Lev, Lion, Lyon and Lyonel.

4 feminine forms: Leanna, Leona, Leonie and Leontyne.

Creative forms:
(male) Lelon, Leyon, ..

(female) Lelen, Lezl, ..

Middle name pairings:
Leon Damon (L.D.), ..

How popular is Leon?

Leon is a very prominent first name for males (#162 out of 1220, Top 13%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#483 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Leon reached its apex position of #76 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is at #314 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Lee (#679 from recent data), Leo (#91), Leonard (#653), Leonel (#389), Lev (#1298), Lionel (#643) and Napoleon are the prominent related forms of Leon (#314 from recent data). Adoption of these relations of Leon reached its most widespread a century ago (adoption of 1.41%) and has become significantly less since (adoption 0.41%, down 70.9%), with versions like Napoleon becoming less trendy. Leo has generally been the top pick of parents, though Lionel has become popular as well.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leon, Lee, Leo, Leonard, Leonel in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lev, Lionel, Napoleon in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Leon is pronounced similarly to Laine, Lane, Layne, Len, Lenn, Lin, Linn, Lon, Lonn, Lonne, Lunn, Lyn and Lynn. Other suggested similar names are Adon, Aeron, Aeson, Alon, Amon, Aron, Bevon, Bron, Con, Dejon, Delon, Deon, Deron, Devon, Deyon, Dion, Edon, Ekon, Eon, Huon, Ion, Jeron, Jevon, Jon, Keon, Kleon, Ladon, Lajon, Lakon, Lavon, Le, Lebron, Lech, Ledon, Leedon, Leif, Lem, Lemond, Lenny, Leroi, Leron, Les, Levin, Levon, Levy, Lex, Leyton, Liron, Long, Lot, Lou, Nevon, Odon, Rion, Ron, Seton, Syon, Teron, Ton, Toon, Zenon and Zion. These names tend to be less frequently used than Leon.