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What does Leo mean?

Leo Pronunciation of Leo as a boys' name is pronounced LEE-oh. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Leo is "lion". A common name in Roman times, and the name of 13 popes, including Leo the Great (fifth century), who successfully dealt with Attila the Hun when the Vandals conquered Rome. Author Leo Tolstoy; actor Leo G. Carroll. Also form of Leander. Also form of Leonard. Also form of Leopold.


ASSOCIATED WITH lion, roman, great


VARIANTS Lee, Leon, Leoncio, Leonel, Leonello, Leontios, Lev, Lion, Lyon

SEE ALSO Leomaris




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How popular is Leo?

Leo is a very prominent first name for males (#168 out of 1220, Top 14%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#4296 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Leo reached its apex position of #43 in the U.S. in the 1890s, and is at #50 presently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Leander, Lee (#689 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Leon (#238), Leonard (#633), Leonel (#357), Leopold (#1497) and Lev (#1080) are the prominent related forms of Leo (#50). These forms of Leo were favored by parents during the years 1900-1909 (ADOPTION OF 1.4%) and are now much less widespread (ADOPTION 0.6%, DOWN 58.9%), with versions such as Leonard becoming less fashionable. Leo, Leonel and Lev are three of the more contemporarily stylish boy names here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leo, Leander, Lee, Leon, Leonard in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leonel, Leopold, Lev in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Leo, Lee, Leon outside U.S.

Similar Names

Leo is alike in pronunciation to La-, Le, Le-, Lea, Leigh, Lew, Lleu, Loew, Loewe, Loewy, Lou, Lowe, Loy and Lugh. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Lem, Len, Les, Lex, Lexo, Reo and Teo. These names tend to be less commonly used than Leo.

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