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What does Leonel mean?

Leonel /le-onel/ as a name for boys. Leonel's root is Latin, and the name Leonel means "lion". Leonel is an alternate form, with the suffix -nel, of Leo (Latin): a common name in Roman times. Leonel is also a Spanish form of Lionel (Latin).


Leonel has 9 variants: Lionell, Lionnel, Lionnell, Lonell, Lonnell, Lyinell, Lyonel, Lyonnel and Lyonnell.

Leonel has 9 more different relations via Leo, Lionel: Lee, Leon, Leoncio, Leonello, Lion, Lionello, Lionelo, Lyon and Lyonelo.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Leonelli, Leonelly, ..

(female) Leonelli, Leonelly, ..

How popular is Leonel?

Leonel is a somewhat popular first name for men (#742 out of 1220, Top 61%) and also a somewhat popular surname for both adults and children (#112365 out of 150436, Top 75%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name history of Leonel for boys. Leonel was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its peak position of #422 in the U.S. in 2005, and is currently at #430. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

Lee (#701 last year), Leo (#97), Leon (#321), Lionel (#660), Lionell and Lonnell are the prominent alternative forms of Leonel (#430 last year). Usage of these relations of Leonel reached its peak a century ago (adoption of 1%) and has become significantly lower since (adoption 0.3%, down 66.9%). Leo has been the most popular choice, although Leonel appears to be gaining popularity too, while versions such as Lee have become less popular.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lionell, Lonnell in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Leonel is pronounced similarly to Lennell. Other suggested similar names are Arondel (see Arundel), Avenel, Bertel, Bethel, Betuel, Brunel, Burnel (see Burnell), Dannel, Dekel, Derrel, Emonuel (see Emmanuel), Feivel, Feiwel, Herzel, Hevel, Howel, Jerel, Jeriel, Joel, Jorel, Kemuel, Kendel, Keppel, Kornel, Lane, Layne, Leander, Ledell, Ledon, Lemond, Lemuel, Len, Lendell, Lennerd, Lennie, Lennox, Lenny, Lenox, Leone, Leonerd, Leonid, Leonides, Leonis, Leopold, Lerone, Leslea (see Leslie), Lesley, Levell, Levon, Lewes, Lexer, Lioni, Loeb, Lonn, Lonne, Lonza, Lonzo, Loren, Lovel, Lovell, Lowe, Lowel, Lowell, Loyal, Merrel, Montel, Neel, Noel, Petuel, Reuel, Rodel, Ronel, Wendel and Yoel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Leonel.