What does Lionel mean?
Originally a medieval French pet form of Leon. Used in the Middle Ages. Actor Lionel Barrymore; pop celebrity Lionel Richie.
(male) Lionella, Lionelle, ..
(female) Lionelle, Lionellie, ..
How popular is Lionel?
Lionel is a very popular first name for males (#420 out of 1220, Top 34%) and a slightly less popular last name for both adults and children (#124872 out of 150436, Top 83%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Shown below is the birth name statistics of Lionel for boys. Lionel reached its top rank of #324 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is currently at #660. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Lionel and associated names. Leon (#321 last year), Leonel (#430), Lionell and Lonnell are the popular variation forms of Lionel (#660 last year) listed in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Lionni, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Lionel was at its most widespread during the years 1920-1929 (adoption of 0.26%) and has become much diminished since (adoption 0.11%, ▼57%), with the form Leon becoming less fashionable. Leon is more familiar than the rest, although Leonel appears to be gaining popularity too.
Lionel is alike in pronunciation to Lennell. Other recommended names are Airyel, Arnel, Avenel, Burnel (see Burnell), Cornel, Dannel, Darnel, Donnel, Emonuel (see Emmanuel), Giovel, Howel, Joel, Jorel, Kimbel, Kornel, Laine, Larnell, Layne▲, Lemuel▼, Leonerd, Leonid, Liander, Lidon, Lige▼, Lin, Lind, Lindel, Lindell, Linder, Link, Linlea, Linlee, Linley, Linly, Linnie, Lino, Linus, Linzy, Lion, Liron, Litten, Loew, Lon▼, Long, Lonne, Lonny, Lonza, Lonzell, Lonzo▼, Loren▼, Lorne, Lovel, Lovell, Lowe, Lowel, Lowell▼, Lyons, Michel▼, Miguel, Mikkel, Miquel, Niel, Nigel, Niguel, Nijel, Nikhel, Nowel, Parnel, Powel, Rodel, Ronel, Sorel, Videl and Yoel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Lionel.