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What does Lion mean?

Lion Pronunciation of Lion [li-on] as a boys' name is a Latin name, and the meaning of Lion is "lion". Lion is a variant form of Leo (Latin): a common name in Roman times.

Associated with: lion.


Lion has 2 variants: Leon and Lyon.

3 more relations via Leo: Lee, Leonel and Lev.

Creative forms:
(male) Lauon, Liton, ..

(female) Line, Linia, ..

Middle name pairings:
Lion Rodney (L.R.), ..

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. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Lion (unlisted) are Lee (#679 in 2015), Leo (#91), Leon (#314), Leonel (#389) and Lev (#1298). These forms of Lion were at the top of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 (median #834) and are now significantly less popular (#554, 63% less usage). Leo has been the most prevalent, though Leonel has gained in popularity over time, while forms such as Lee have become less popular. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Similar Names

Lion is pronounced similarly to Laine, Lane, Layne, Len, Lenn, Leone, Lin, Linn, Lon, Lonn, Lonne, Lunn, Lyn and Lynn. Other suggested similar names are Adon, Aimon, Alon, Amon, Arion, Avon, Biron, Brion, Bron, Con, Deion, Dilon, Dion, Don, Edon, Einon, Eion, Elon, Eton, Evion, Gidon, Gilon, Huon, Ilon, Ivon, Jon, Keon, Ladon, Lajon, Lakon, Laron, Lavon, Leron, Liam, Lidon, Lige, Linc, Lindon, Lino, Linos, Linton, Lionel, Lioni, Lionni (see Leon), Liron, Litton, Long, Lou, Loy, Lyons, Lyron, Oron, Rion, Ryon, Sion, Syon, Timon, Ton, Toon, Von and Zion. These names tend to be more frequently used than Lion.

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