What does Lion mean?
Lion /li-on/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name. Lion's name origin is Latin, and the meaning of Lion is "lion". Lion is a variant transcription of Leo (Latin): a common name in Roman times. Lon is a conventional surname.
How popular is Lion?
Lion is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent surname for all people (#24807 out of 150436, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of Lion and corresponding names. Prominent variation forms of Lion (unlisted) are Lee (#701 in 2014), Leo (#97), Leon (#321) and Leonel (#430). These boy names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1890-1899 (usage of 0.7053%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.6128%, down 13.1%), with the forms Lee and Leon becoming less stylish. Leo (#97) and Leonel (#430) are two of the more contemporarily stylish baby names in this compilation, and there is also a resurgence in baby name popularity for Leo. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Lion is pronounced similarly to Len▼, Lenn, Leone, Lin, Linn, Lon▼, Lonn, Lunn, Lyn and Lynn▼. Other suggested similar baby names are Dion▼, Eion, Liam▲, Lidon, Lino, Lioni, Lionni, Liron, Rion, Sion and Zion▲. These names tend to be more frequently used than Lion.