What does Lionel mean?
Originally a medieval French pet form of Leon. Used in the Middle Ages. Actor Lionel Barrymore; pop celebrity Lionel Richie.
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 #331 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) and Leonel (#430) are the popular variation forms of Lionel (#660 last year) listed in the Top 1000. Other variants, like Lionni, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Lionel was at its most widespread during the years 1980-1989 (adoption of 0.535%) and is almost as conventional today (adoption 0.53%, ▼1%), but 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 similar baby names are Cornel, Dannel, Donnel, Giovel, Howel, Laine, Larnell, Lemuel▼, Lindel, Lindell, Linlea, Linlee, Linley, Linly, Lion, Long, Lonny▼, Lonzell, Loren▼, Lovel, Lowel, Michel▼, Niguel, Ronel and Sorel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Lionel.