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pinWhat does Lionel mean?

Lionel /li-onel/ as a boys' name is pronounced LYE-a-nel. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Lionel is "lion".

Originally a medieval French pet form of Leon. Used in the Middle Ages. Actor Lionel Barrymore; pop celebrity Lionel Richie.


Lionel has 16 variants: Leonel, Leonello, Lionell, Lionello, Lionelo, Lionnel, Lionnell, Lionnello, Lonell, Lonnell, Lyinell, Lyonel, Lyonelo, Lyonnel, Lyonnell and Lyonnello.

Lionel has 3 more alternative forms via Leon: Leone, Lioni and Lionni.

Kreatif forms: Lionellua, Luanel. [more]

pinHow 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lionel name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lionel outside U.S.

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.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lionel, Leon, Leonel in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Leon outside U.S.

pinSimilar Names

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.