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Meaning and name origin

Lionel \li(o)-nel\ as a boy's name is pronounced LYE-a-nel. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Lionel is "lion". Used in the Middle Ages. Actor Lionel Barrymore; pop celebrity Lionel Richie.


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

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 an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Lionel for boys. Lionel reached its highest rank of #331 in the U.S. in 1930-1939. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Lionel and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Leon (#321), Leonel (#430) and Lionel (#660). (2014 statistics).

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

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