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What does Leon mean?

Leon Pronunciation of Leon as a boys' name is pronounced LEE-ahn. It is of Greek origin. Variant of Leo. The lion is a central figure in the art and religious symbolism of many different cultures, usually meaning kingliness, grandeur, and courage. See also Lionel. Author Leon Uris. Also form of Leonard. Also form of Napoleon.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, lion, courage (brave)


VARIANTS Leoncio, Leone, Lioni, Lionisio, Lionni

RELATIONS VIA LEO, LIONEL Lee, Leonel, Lev, Lion, Lyon, Lyonel

FEMININE FORMS Leanna, Leona, Leonie, Leontyne



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How popular is Leon?

Leon is a very prominent first name for males (#162 out of 1220, Top 13%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#483 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Leon reached its apex position of #76 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is at #238 currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Lee (#689 FROM RECENT DATA), Leo (#50), Leonard (#633), Leonel (#357), Lev (#1080), Lionel (#634) and Napoleon are the prominent related forms of Leon (#238). Adoption of these relations of Leon reached its most widespread a century ago (ADOPTION OF 1.41%) and has become significantly less since (ADOPTION 0.59%, DOWN 58.3%), with versions like Napoleon becoming less trendy. Leo has generally been the top pick of parents, though Lionel has become popular as well.

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

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

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

Similar Names

Leon is pronounced similarly to Laine, Lane, Layne, Len, Lenn, Lin, Linn, Lion, Lon, Lonn, Lonne, Lunn, Lyn, Lynn and Lyon. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Adon, Aeron, Aeson, Alon, Amon, Aron, Bevon, Bron, Con, Deion, Dejon, Delon, Deon, Deron, Devon, Deyon, Don, Ekon, Eon, Eron, Ivon, Jon, Keon, Kleon, Ladon, Lakon, Laron, Le, Le-, Lea, Lech, Ledon, Lee, Leedon, Lem, Lemond, Lenny, Lenox, Leroi, Leron, Les, Lev, Levin, Levon, Levy, Lexo, Liron, Long, Lot, Lou, Loy, Nevon, Rion, Ron, Seton, Syon, Teron, Toon, Zenon and Zion. These names tend to be less frequently used than Leon.