Meaning and name origin
Leonel \le(o)-nel\ as a boy's name is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Leonel is "lion". Leonel is a variant of Leo (Latin): 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. Also a variant of Lionel (Latin): used in the Middle Ages.
Leonel is a somewhat popular first name for males (#742 out of 1220, Top 61%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Leonel for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Leonel and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Leo (#97), Leonel (#430) and Lionel (#660). (2014 statistics).