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What does Napoleon mean?

Napoleon Pronunciation of Napoleon [napoleon] as a boys' name is pronounced na-POH-lee-an. Possibly (Italian) "man from Naples", (Italian) "lion" or (Old German) "sons of mist". The Corsican soldier who became emperor of France (19th century).

Associated with: lion, old, soldier (warrior), emperor (king), 19th century.


Napoleon has 4 variants: Leon, Leone, Nap and Napoleone.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Napoleon Jaiden (N.J.), ..

How popular is Napoleon?

Napoleon is a somewhat popular first name for men (#903 out of 1220, Top 74%) and an even more popular last name for both adults and children (#13005 out of 150436, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Napoleon reached its top rank of #335 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Napoleon name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Leon (#314 the previous year) is the only other popular alternative form of Napoleon. These relations of Napoleon were at the apex of their popularity during 1920-1929 (adoption of 0.24%) and are now significantly less widespread (adoption 0.06%, 75.4% less), with forms like Napoleon becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Napoleon, Leon in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Apollon, Bolton, Carleton, Carlson, Cleon, Coleton, Daleton, Dallton, Dalon, Dameon, Daveon, Daylon, Deleon, Earlton, Falcon, Galton, Gilleon, Hallton (see Halton), Halton, Hamelton, Haroon, Hazleton, Jaelon, Jailon, Jalon, Karlton, Kleon, Mahlon, Maldon, Marlon, Marmeon (see Marmion), Maslon, Masslon (see Maslin), Nachshon, Nachson, Nagle, Nagler, Nailor, Nalin, Nameen, Napier, Naren, Natale, Natalio, Nathen, Navon, Naylor, Nealon, Nealson, Neillson (see Nelson), Neilson, Nelson, Nicolet, Nicolo, Nikolos, Nilson, Nolan, Nolen, Nolin, Nollan, Nolyn, Norton, Paulson, Salmon, Salomon, Salton, Tallon, Talmon, Talon, Tarleton, Taveon, Taylon, Waldon, Waylon and Zalomon. These names tend to be less commonly used than Napoleon.