Leo Name Meaning

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A Deep Dive

Leo Overview

Meaning

Lion

Gender

Boy

Origin

Latin

Etymology

Derived from the Latin word “Leo,” meaning “lion.”

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/ˈliː.oʊ/

Popularity

Leo is widely loved, especially in Europe and English-speaking countries. In the USA, it ranked as a top 20 boys’ name in 2023.

Syllable

1 syllable

Length

3 letters

Numerology

5 (Visionary, Expansive, Adventurous)

Name Styles

Popular, Classic, Short, Cool, Nature-inspired

Associated Traits

Courageous, magnetic, lively

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Saint Leo the Great, a pope and Doctor of the Church, is a notable figure. The name also has astrological significance, associated with the zodiac sign Leo.

Name Day

November 10th
A Deep Dive

Leo Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Leonardo, Leon, Leopold, Lev, Leonidas, Leandro, Leonel

Common Nicknames

Leo the Lion, Leelee, Little Lion

Diminutives

Lee, El, Lio

Famous People

  • Leo Tolstoy
    (Russian Writer)
  • Leo Messi
    (Argentine Footballer)
  • Leo DiCaprio
    (American Actor)
  • Leo Fender
    (American Inventor)
  • Leo Sayer
    (British Singer)
  • Leo Szilard
    (Hungarian-American Physicist)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Leo Valdez
    ("The Heroes of Olympus," Novel Series)
  • "Leo"
    (Film)
  • Leo Fitz
    ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," TV Series)
  • Leo McGarry
    ("The West Wing," TV Series)
  • "Leo the Lion"
    (Animated Series)
  • Leo Bloom
    ("The Producers," Film)
  • "Leo"
    (Song)

Places

  • Leo City
    (Indiana, USA)
  • Leo Carrillo State Park
    (California, USA)
  • Leo River
    (Alaska, USA)
  • Leo Island
    (British Columbia, Canada)
  • Leo Creek
    (Washington, USA)
  • Leo Park
    (Texas, USA)

What Is the Meaning of Leo?

Leo means “lion” in Latin. The name often evokes a sense of strength and courage, suggesting a personality that is bold, confident, and full of charisma.

What Is the Origin of The Name Leo?

Leo has Latin origins. It is derived from the Latin word for “lion” and has been used as a name in various cultures, including as a title for Roman emperors and popes. The name has a rich history and has remained widely used across different eras and regions.

Leo Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Leo in the U.S. over the Years

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Top 3 Rankings#182023#222022#312021

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Leo

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202318
(+4 from 2022)
8120
(-162 from 2022)
0.44344
202222
(+9 from 2021)
8282
(+488 from 2021)
0.44218
202131
(+5 from 2020)
7794
(+575 from 2020)
0.41599
202036
(+4 from 2019)
7219
(-280 from 2019)
0.39029
201940
(+10 from 2018)
7499
(+728 from 2018)
0.39021
201850
(+12 from 2017)
6771
(+807 from 2017)
0.34835
201762
(+12 from 2016)
5964
(+666 from 2016)
0.30135
201674
(+17 from 2015)
5298
(+696 from 2015)
0.26155
201591
(+6 from 2014)
4602
(+627 from 2014)
0.22510
201497
(+15 from 2013)
3975
(+465 from 2013)
0.19398
2013112
(+22 from 2012)
3510
(+631 from 2012)
0.17370
2012134
(+33 from 2011)
2879
(+629 from 2011)
0.14188
2011167
(+24 from 2010)
2250
(+305 from 2010)
0.11076
2010191
(+19 from 2009)
1945
(+145 from 2009)
0.09467
2009210
(+18 from 2008)
1800
(+173 from 2008)
0.08487
2008228
(+10 from 2007)
1627
(+96 from 2007)
0.07462
2007238
(-3 from 2006)
1531
(+30 from 2006)
0.06912
2006235
(+23 from 2005)
1501
(+226 from 2005)
0.06846
2005258
(+7 from 2004)
1275
(+36 from 2004)
0.05993
2004265
(+20 from 2003)
1239
(+144 from 2003)
0.05863
2003285
(+53 from 2002)
1095
(+286 from 2002)
0.05211
2002338
(+22 from 2001)
809
(+73 from 2001)
0.03915
2001360
(+28 from 2000)
736
(+78 from 2000)
0.03558
2000388
(+53 from 1999)
658
(+135 from 1999)
0.03151
1999441
(-7 from 1998)
523
(-4 from 1998)
0.02565
1998434
(+37 from 1997)
527
(+69 from 1997)
0.02599
1997471
(+11 from 1996)
458
(+11 from 1996)
0.02293
1996482
(+3 from 1995)
447
(+1 from 1995)
0.02231
1995485
(-23 from 1994)
446
(-28 from 1994)
0.02217
1994462
(+1 from 1993)
474
(+18 from 1993)
0.02325
1993463
(-1 from 1992)
456
(-14 from 1992)
0.02208
1992462
(-21 from 1991)
470
(-36 from 1991)
0.02239
1991441
(+36 from 1990)
506
(+75 from 1990)
0.02387
1990477
(-23 from 1989)
431
(+3 from 1989)
0.02003
1989454
(-28 from 1988)
428
(-22 from 1988)
0.02042
1988426
(-16 from 1987)
450
(-2 from 1987)
0.02247
1987410
(+12 from 1986)
452
(+37 from 1986)
0.02318
1986422
(-18 from 1985)
415
(-32 from 1985)
0.02160
1985404
(-8 from 1984)
447
(+17 from 1984)
0.02323
1984396
(-8 from 1983)
430
(+1 from 1983)
0.02291
1983388
(-22 from 1982)
429
(-54 from 1982)
0.02302
1982366
(-25 from 1981)
483
(-51 from 1981)
0.02559
1981341
(+26 from 1980)
534
(+61 from 1980)
0.02867
1980367
(-5 from 1979)
473
(-10 from 1979)
0.02550
1979362
(-10 from 1978)
483
(+5 from 1978)
0.02696
1978352
(+6 from 1977)
478
(-6 from 1977)
0.02798
1977358
(-10 from 1976)
484
(+3 from 1976)
0.02831
1976348
(-12 from 1975)
481
(-35 from 1975)
0.02946
1975336
(+4 from 1974)
516
(+5 from 1974)
0.03180
1974340
(-5 from 1973)
511
(+2 from 1973)
0.03134
1973335
(-9 from 1972)
509
(-41 from 1972)
0.03154
1972326
(-24 from 1971)
550
(-101 from 1971)
0.03285
1971302
(-8 from 1970)
651
(-51 from 1970)
0.03581
1970294
(-21 from 1969)
702
(-39 from 1969)
0.03685
1969273
(+6 from 1968)
741
(+46 from 1968)
0.04051
1968279
(-18 from 1967)
695
(-72 from 1967)
0.03915
1967261
(-17 from 1966)
767
(-89 from 1966)
0.04310
1966244
(+3 from 1965)
856
(-46 from 1965)
0.04709
1965247
(-14 from 1964)
902
(-125 from 1964)
0.04761
1964233
(+3 from 1963)
1027
(+12 from 1963)
0.05067
1963236
(-4 from 1962)
1015
(-86 from 1962)
0.04916
1962232
(-2 from 1961)
1101
(-76 from 1961)
0.05239
1961230
No change from 1960
1177
(-27 from 1960)
0.05457
1960230
(-28 from 1959)
1204
(-228 from 1959)
0.05560
1959202
(-7 from 1958)
1432
(+4 from 1958)
0.06610
1958195
(-5 from 1957)
1428
(-83 from 1957)
0.06627
1957190
(-6 from 1956)
1511
(-39 from 1956)
0.06903
1956184
(-9 from 1955)
1550
(-27 from 1955)
0.07222
1955175
(-2 from 1954)
1577
(-33 from 1954)
0.07545
1954173
(-11 from 1953)
1610
(-47 from 1953)
0.07781
1953162
(+9 from 1952)
1657
(+99 from 1952)
0.08276
1952171
(-15 from 1951)
1558
(-101 from 1951)
0.07895
1951156
(+4 from 1950)
1659
(+105 from 1950)
0.08678
1950160
(-7 from 1949)
1554
(-92 from 1949)
0.08544
1949153
(-2 from 1948)
1646
(-71 from 1948)
0.09134
1948151
(-4 from 1947)
1717
(-89 from 1947)
0.09631
1947147
No change from 1946
1806
(+158 from 1946)
0.09722
1946147
(-8 from 1945)
1648
(+67 from 1945)
0.09986
1945139
(-7 from 1944)
1581
(-11 from 1944)
0.11528
1944132
(+1 from 1943)
1592
(-102 from 1943)
0.11460
1943133
(-13 from 1942)
1694
(-106 from 1942)
0.11646
1942120
(-4 from 1941)
1800
(+75 from 1941)
0.12781
1941116
(-4 from 1940)
1725
(-27 from 1940)
0.13747
1940112
(-4 from 1939)
1752
(-90 from 1939)
0.14770
1939108
(-4 from 1938)
1842
(-110 from 1938)
0.16253
1938104
(-7 from 1937)
1952
(-63 from 1937)
0.17176
193797
(-3 from 1936)
2015
(-2 from 1936)
0.18425
193694
(-2 from 1935)
2017
(-125 from 1935)
0.18951
193592
(-6 from 1934)
2142
(-166 from 1934)
0.20026
193486
(-11 from 1933)
2308
(-44 from 1933)
0.21734
193375
(-1 from 1932)
2352
(-148 from 1932)
0.23054
193274
(-5 from 1931)
2500
(-200 from 1931)
0.23268
193169
(-6 from 1930)
2700
(-335 from 1930)
0.25239
193063
(-3 from 1929)
3035
(+17 from 1929)
0.26870
192960
(+1 from 1928)
3018
(-77 from 1928)
0.27248
192861
(-6 from 1927)
3095
(-441 from 1927)
0.27121
192755
(-1 from 1926)
3536
(-16 from 1926)
0.30432
192654
No change from 1925
3552
(-223 from 1925)
0.31010
192554
(-3 from 1924)
3775
(-215 from 1924)
0.32786
192451
(-2 from 1923)
3990
(+17 from 1923)
0.34131
192349
(+2 from 1922)
3973
(+72 from 1922)
0.35089
192251
(-1 from 1921)
3901
(-165 from 1921)
0.34669
192150
(-2 from 1920)
4066
(+12 from 1920)
0.35732
192048
(+1 from 1919)
4054
(+252 from 1919)
0.36828
191949
(-1 from 1918)
3802
(-234 from 1918)
0.37446
191848
(-1 from 1917)
4036
(+257 from 1917)
0.38488
191747
No change from 1916
3779
(+158 from 1916)
0.39393
191647
No change from 1915
3621
(+94 from 1915)
0.39221
191547
No change from 1914
3527
(+872 from 1914)
0.40037
191447
(+1 from 1913)
2655
(+624 from 1913)
0.38854
191348
(+1 from 1912)
2031
(+377 from 1912)
0.37874
191249
(+2 from 1911)
1654
(+810 from 1911)
0.36637
191151
No change from 1910
844
(+137 from 1910)
0.34963
191051
(-2 from 1909)
707
(+98 from 1909)
0.33906
190949
No change from 1908
609
(+25 from 1908)
0.34433
190849
(-7 from 1907)
584
(-67 from 1907)
0.35103
190742
(+5 from 1906)
651
(+143 from 1906)
0.41051
190647
(-1 from 1905)
508
(-4 from 1905)
0.35262
190546
(-4 from 1904)
512
(-40 from 1904)
0.35746
190442
(-5 from 1903)
552
(-84 from 1903)
0.39855
190337
(+6 from 1902)
636
(+85 from 1902)
0.49180
190243
(-1 from 1901)
551
(+95 from 1901)
0.41507
190142
(+4 from 1900)
456
(-114 from 1900)
0.39449
190046
(-3 from 1899)
570
(+88 from 1899)
0.35158
189943
(-4 from 1898)
482
(-106 from 1898)
0.41842
189839
(+7 from 1897)
588
(+126 from 1897)
0.44512
189746
(+1 from 1896)
462
(-35 from 1896)
0.37887
189647
(-6 from 1895)
497
(-12 from 1895)
0.38506
189541
No change from 1894
509
(-6 from 1894)
0.40192
189441
(+4 from 1893)
515
(+67 from 1893)
0.41236
189345
(+4 from 1892)
448
(+4 from 1892)
0.37012
189249
(+2 from 1891)
444
(+91 from 1891)
0.33777
189151
(-2 from 1890)
353
(-40 from 1890)
0.32307
189049
(+10 from 1889)
393
(+68 from 1889)
0.32832
188959
(-2 from 1888)
325
(-28 from 1888)
0.27304
188857
(+16 from 1887)
353
(+121 from 1887)
0.27173
188773
No change from 1886
232
(-8 from 1886)
0.21224
188673
(+10 from 1885)
240
(+41 from 1885)
0.20161
188583
(+1 from 1884)
199
(+7 from 1884)
0.17163
188484
(+11 from 1883)
192
(+50 from 1883)
0.15643
188395
(+4 from 1882)
142
(-4 from 1882)
0.12625
188299
(+4 from 1881)
146
(+24 from 1881)
0.11964
1881103
(-11 from 1880)
122
(-25 from 1880)
0.11268
188092
First SSA data recorded
147
First SSA data recorded
0.12416

American States Popularity Rankings for Leo

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

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New York (NY)

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Pennsylvania (PA)

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Illinois (IL)

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Massachusetts (MA)

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Texas (TX)

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Michigan (MI)

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Ohio (OH)

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Minnesota (MN)

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Wisconsin (WI)

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New Jersey (NJ)

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Florida (FL)

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Missouri (MO)

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Iowa (IA)

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Louisiana (LA)

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Indiana (IN)

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Washington (WA)

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North Carolina (NC)

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Kansas (KS)

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Colorado (CO)

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Oklahoma (OK)

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Maryland (MD)

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Virginia (VA)

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Georgia (GA)

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Connecticut (CT)

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Arizona (AZ)

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Nebraska (NE)

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Alabama (AL)

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Kentucky (KY)

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Tennessee (TN)

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Maine (ME)

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Rhode Island (RI)

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Arkansas (AR)

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New Mexico (NM)

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Utah (UT)

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North Dakota (ND)

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Oregon (OR)

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South Carolina (SC)

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Mississippi (MS)

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New Hampshire (NH)

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South Dakota (SD)

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West Virginia (WV)

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Montana (MT)

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District of Columbia (DC)

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Idaho (ID)

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Vermont (VT)

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Nevada (NV)

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Hawaii (HI)

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Alaska (AK)

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Wyoming (WY)

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Delaware (DE)

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Popularity Rankings for Leo in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Catalonia, Spain

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Popularity in Finland

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Popularity in Australia (NSW)

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Popularity in Scotland

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Popularity in Galicia, Spain

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Popularity in New Zealand

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Popularity in Spain

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Popularity in Quebec, Canada

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Popularity in England and Wales

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Popularity in Northern Ireland

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Popularity in Canada

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Popularity in Switzerland

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Popularity in Sweden

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Popularity in Austria

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Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#172021#132022#152023

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#292021#232022#162023

Popularity in Other American Territories

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Popularity in Basque Country, Spain

Basque Country, Spain flagBasque Country, Spain#222020#312021#202022

Popularity in Croatia

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Popularity in Slovakia

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Popularity in Norway

Norway flagNorway#462021#442022#362023

Popularity in Latvia

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Popularity in Poland

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Popularity in Belgium

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Popularity in Iceland

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Popularity in France

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Popularity in Greenland

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Popularity in Puerto Rico

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Popularity in Russia (Moscow)

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Popularity in Czechia

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Popularity in Argentina

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Popularity in Mexico

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Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Leo a Name for Boys or Girls?

Leo is often used for boys. Its association with the powerful image of a lion makes it fitting for boys.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Leo