What does Lionel mean?
For more information, see also the related boy name Leon.
Lionel is a very popular first name for males (#420 out of 1220, Top 34%) but a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Lionel for boys. Lionel reached its top rank of #331 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, and is currently at #660. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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. Adoption of these boy names was at its most widespread during 1980-1989 and is almost as widespread today, but with the form Leon becoming less fashionable. Leonel (#430) and Lionel (#660) are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns here, and there is also a resurgence in baby name popularity for Lionel. (2014 Birth Statistics)