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What does Lionel mean?

Lionel Pronunciation of Lionel as a boys' name is pronounced LYE-a-nel. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Lionel is "lion". Originally a medieval French pet form of Leon. Used in the Middle Ages. Actor Lionel Barrymore; pop celebrity Lionel Richie.


ASSOCIATED WITH lion, medieval


VARIANTS Leonel, Leonello, Lionell, Lionelo, Lionello, Lionnel, Lionnell, Lionnello, Lonell, Lonnell, Lyonel, Lyinell, Lyonelo, Lyonnel, Lyonnell, Lyonnello




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How popular is Lionel?

Lionel is a very popular first name for males (#420 out of 1220, Top 34%) and a slightly less popular last name for both adults and children (#124872 out of 150436, Top 83%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Lionel reached its top rank of #324 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is currently at #634. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Leon (#238 LAST YEAR), Leonel (#357), Lionell and Lonnell are the popular variation forms of Lionel (#634) listed in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Lionni, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Lionel was at its most widespread during the years 1920-1929 (ADOPTION OF 0.26%) and is somewhat less today (ADOPTION 0.16%, 38%), with the form Leon becoming less fashionable. Leon is more familiar than the rest, although Leonel appears to be gaining popularity too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lionel, Leon, Leonel, Lionell, Lonnell in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Lionel is alike in pronunciation to Lennell. Other recommended sound-alike names are Airyel, Arnel, Avenel, Burnel (see Burnell), Cornel, Dannel, Darnel, Donnel, Emonuel (see Emmanuel), Giovel, Howel, Joel, Jorel, Kimbel, Kornel, Laine, Larnell, Layne, Lemuel, Leonerd, Leonid, Liander, Lidon, Lige, Lin, Lind, Lindel, Lindell, Linder, Link, Linlea, Linlee, Linley, Linly, Linnie, Lino, Linus, Linzy, Lion, Liron, Litten, Loew, Lon, Long, Lonne, Lonny, Lonza, Lonzell, Lonzo, Loren, Lorne, Lovel, Lovell, Lowe, Lowel, Lowell, Lyons, Michel, Miguel, Mikkel, Miquel, Niel, Nigel, Niguel, Nijel, Nikhel, Nowel, Parnel, Powel, Rodel, Ronel, Sorel, Videl and Yoel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Lionel.

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