Leon Name Meaning

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Fact: Leon has been used since ancient times and was a popular name in various cultures, including Greek, Roman, and medieval Europe.

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A Deep Dive

Leon Overview

Meaning

Lion

Gender

Boy

Origin

Greek

Etymology

Derived from the Greek word “leon,” meaning “lion.”

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/ˈliː.ɒn/

Popularity

Leon is a popular name in many countries, particularly in Europe. Recently, Leon has ranked within the top 200 names for boys in the USA.

Syllable

1 syllable

Length

4 letters

Numerology

1 (Pioneering, Independent, Leading)

Name Styles

Classic, Short, Cool

Associated Traits

Daring, resilient, charismatic, clever

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Saint Leon, also known as Saint Leo the Great, was a significant figure in early Christianity, serving as Pope and being known for his theological contributions.

Name Day

April 11th
A Deep Dive

Leon Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Leo, Leonard, Leonardo, Leonidas, Noel

Common Nicknames

Lee, Lenny, Leonie

Diminutives

Len, Leo

Famous People

  • Leon Trotsky
    (Russian Revolutionary)
  • Leon Russell
    (American Musician)
  • Leon Spinks
    (American Boxer)
  • Leon Uris
    (American Author)
  • Leon Theremin
    (Russian Inventor)
  • Leon Jaworski
    (American Lawyer)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Leon
    ("Léon: The Professional," Film)
  • Leon Kennedy
    ("Resident Evil," Video Game Series)
  • "Leon Bridges"
    (Album "Coming Home")
  • Leon Kompowsky
    ("The Simpsons," TV Series)
  • Leon Vance
    ("NCIS," TV Series)

Places

  • León City
    (León Province, Spain)
  • Leon County
    (Florida, USA)
  • León City
    (Guanajuato, Mexico)
  • Leon River
    (Texas, USA)
  • San León
    (Texas, USA)
  • Leon Springs
    (Texas, USA)

What Is the Meaning of Leon?

Leon means “lion,” symbolizing strength and bravery. Individuals with this name are often perceived as confident and courageous, exuding a natural sense of leadership and charisma.

What Is the Origin of The Name Leon?

The name Leon has Greek origins, derived from the Greek word “leon.” It has been used since ancient times and was popularized in various cultures throughout Europe, especially in France and Spain.

Leon Name Popularity

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

United States flagUnited States#1772021#1582022#1482023
Top 3 Rankings#731926#741921#751920

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Leon

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
2023148
(+10 from 2022)
2447
(+77 from 2022)
0.13363
2022158
(+19 from 2021)
2370
(+172 from 2021)
0.12654
2021177
(+19 from 2020)
2198
(+275 from 2020)
0.11731
2020196
(+13 from 2019)
1923
(+62 from 2019)
0.10396
2019209
(+29 from 2018)
1861
(+257 from 2018)
0.09684
2018238
(+6 from 2017)
1604
(+89 from 2017)
0.08252
2017244
(+32 from 2016)
1515
(+202 from 2016)
0.07655
2016276
(+38 from 2015)
1313
(+173 from 2015)
0.06482
2015314
(+7 from 2014)
1140
(+59 from 2014)
0.05576
2014321
(+3 from 2013)
1081
(+61 from 2013)
0.05275
2013324
(+32 from 2012)
1020
(+161 from 2012)
0.05048
2012356
(+50 from 2011)
859
(+163 from 2011)
0.04233
2011406
(+11 from 2010)
696
(+27 from 2010)
0.03426
2010417
(+28 from 2009)
669
(+42 from 2009)
0.03256
2009445
(+54 from 2008)
627
(+78 from 2008)
0.02956
2008499
(-11 from 2007)
549
(+6 from 2007)
0.02518
2007488
(+14 from 2006)
543
(+27 from 2006)
0.02451
2006502
(+22 from 2005)
516
(+46 from 2005)
0.02354
2005524
(-4 from 2004)
470
(+8 from 2004)
0.02209
2004520
(-23 from 2003)
462
(-33 from 2003)
0.02186
2003497
(-6 from 2002)
495
(+24 from 2002)
0.02356
2002491
(-1 from 2001)
471
(+2 from 2001)
0.02279
2001490
(+9 from 2000)
469
(+12 from 2000)
0.02267
2000499
(-19 from 1999)
457
(-6 from 1999)
0.02188
1999480
(-4 from 1998)
463
(+3 from 1998)
0.02271
1998476
(+13 from 1997)
460
(+24 from 1997)
0.02269
1997489
(-31 from 1996)
436
(-37 from 1996)
0.02182
1996458
(-6 from 1995)
473
(-30 from 1995)
0.02361
1995452
(-31 from 1994)
503
(-41 from 1994)
0.02501
1994421
(+4 from 1993)
544
(+13 from 1993)
0.02669
1993425
(-37 from 1992)
531
(-60 from 1992)
0.02571
1992388
(+3 from 1991)
591
(+10 from 1991)
0.02815
1991391
(-1 from 1990)
581
(-13 from 1990)
0.02741
1990390
(-39 from 1989)
594
(-53 from 1989)
0.02760
1989351
(-31 from 1988)
647
(-28 from 1988)
0.03087
1988320
(-2 from 1987)
675
(+13 from 1987)
0.03371
1987318
(-19 from 1986)
662
(-25 from 1986)
0.03395
1986299
(-16 from 1985)
687
(-40 from 1985)
0.03575
1985283
(-21 from 1984)
727
(-70 from 1984)
0.03778
1984262
(+2 from 1983)
797
(+13 from 1983)
0.04247
1983264
(-11 from 1982)
784
(-89 from 1982)
0.04207
1982253
(-1 from 1981)
873
(+4 from 1981)
0.04626
1981252
(-4 from 1980)
869
(-35 from 1980)
0.04666
1980248
(-6 from 1979)
904
(-3 from 1979)
0.04874
1979242
(-14 from 1978)
907
(-17 from 1978)
0.05063
1978228
No change from 1977
924
(-24 from 1977)
0.05408
1977228
(-7 from 1976)
948
(+24 from 1976)
0.05546
1976221
(+12 from 1975)
924
(+40 from 1975)
0.05660
1975233
(-15 from 1974)
884
(-89 from 1974)
0.05449
1974218
(-1 from 1973)
973
(-34 from 1973)
0.05968
1973217
(+1 from 1972)
1007
(-18 from 1972)
0.06241
1972218
(+9 from 1971)
1025
(-16 from 1971)
0.06123
1971227
(-20 from 1970)
1041
(-180 from 1970)
0.05726
1970207
(+6 from 1969)
1221
(+70 from 1969)
0.06410
1969213
(-17 from 1968)
1151
(-46 from 1968)
0.06293
1968196
(-1 from 1967)
1197
(-1 from 1967)
0.06742
1967195
(-8 from 1966)
1198
(-110 from 1966)
0.06732
1966187
(+12 from 1965)
1308
(+45 from 1965)
0.07196
1965199
(-9 from 1964)
1263
(-219 from 1964)
0.06666
1964190
(+11 from 1963)
1482
(+5 from 1963)
0.07311
1963201
(-6 from 1962)
1477
(-66 from 1962)
0.07154
1962195
(-1 from 1961)
1543
(-13 from 1961)
0.07342
1961194
(-5 from 1960)
1556
(-92 from 1960)
0.07214
1960189
(-13 from 1959)
1648
(-100 from 1959)
0.07611
1959176
(-13 from 1958)
1748
(-185 from 1958)
0.08068
1958163
(+3 from 1957)
1933
(+46 from 1957)
0.08970
1957166
(-12 from 1956)
1887
(-155 from 1956)
0.08621
1956154
(-11 from 1955)
2042
(-100 from 1955)
0.09514
1955143
(-3 from 1954)
2142
(-3 from 1954)
0.10248
1954140
(-3 from 1953)
2145
(-128 from 1953)
0.10367
1953137
(-13 from 1952)
2273
(-104 from 1952)
0.11352
1952124
(-2 from 1951)
2377
(+11 from 1951)
0.12046
1951122
(-3 from 1950)
2366
(-63 from 1950)
0.12377
1950119
(+2 from 1949)
2429
(+5 from 1949)
0.13355
1949121
(-2 from 1948)
2424
(+41 from 1948)
0.13452
1948119
(-2 from 1947)
2383
(-106 from 1947)
0.13367
1947117
(-4 from 1946)
2489
(+151 from 1946)
0.13399
1946113
(-2 from 1945)
2338
(+240 from 1945)
0.14166
1945111
(-3 from 1944)
2098
(-54 from 1944)
0.15298
1944108
(-5 from 1943)
2152
(-300 from 1943)
0.15491
1943103
(-10 from 1942)
2452
(-96 from 1942)
0.16857
194293
No change from 1941
2548
(+174 from 1941)
0.18093
194193
(-4 from 1940)
2374
(+55 from 1940)
0.18918
194089
(-3 from 1939)
2319
(-8 from 1939)
0.19550
193986
(-1 from 1938)
2327
(-28 from 1938)
0.20533
193885
No change from 1937
2355
(+30 from 1937)
0.20722
193785
(-3 from 1936)
2325
(+43 from 1936)
0.21259
193682
(+4 from 1935)
2282
No change from 1935
0.21441
193586
(+1 from 1934)
2282
(-24 from 1934)
0.21335
193487
(-2 from 1933)
2306
(+119 from 1933)
0.21715
193385
(-2 from 1932)
2187
(-108 from 1932)
0.21437
193283
(+1 from 1931)
2295
(+50 from 1931)
0.21360
193184
(-3 from 1930)
2245
(-156 from 1930)
0.20986
193081
No change from 1929
2401
(+65 from 1929)
0.21257
192981
No change from 1928
2336
(-124 from 1928)
0.21091
192881
(-3 from 1927)
2460
(-142 from 1927)
0.21557
192778
(-5 from 1926)
2602
(-45 from 1926)
0.22394
192673
(+3 from 1925)
2647
(+11 from 1925)
0.23109
192576
No change from 1924
2636
(-41 from 1924)
0.22893
192476
(+1 from 1923)
2677
(+149 from 1923)
0.22899
192377
No change from 1922
2528
(+7 from 1922)
0.22327
192277
(-3 from 1921)
2521
(-95 from 1921)
0.22405
192174
(+1 from 1920)
2616
(+62 from 1920)
0.22989
192075
(+5 from 1919)
2554
(+304 from 1919)
0.23202
191980
(-3 from 1918)
2250
(-192 from 1918)
0.22160
191877
(+5 from 1917)
2442
(+340 from 1917)
0.23287
191782
(+3 from 1916)
2102
(+148 from 1916)
0.21912
191685
(-3 from 1915)
1954
(-23 from 1915)
0.21165
191582
(+3 from 1914)
1977
(+563 from 1914)
0.22442
191485
(-4 from 1913)
1414
(+254 from 1913)
0.20693
191381
(-2 from 1912)
1160
(+154 from 1912)
0.21632
191279
(-2 from 1911)
1006
(+466 from 1911)
0.22283
191177
(+4 from 1910)
540
(+105 from 1910)
0.22370
191081
(-1 from 1909)
435
(+58 from 1909)
0.20862
190980
(+4 from 1908)
377
(+50 from 1908)
0.21316
190884
(-4 from 1907)
327
(+3 from 1907)
0.19655
190780
(+7 from 1906)
324
(+61 from 1906)
0.20431
190687
No change from 1905
263
(-11 from 1905)
0.18256
190587
(+3 from 1904)
274
(+33 from 1904)
0.19130
190490
(-14 from 1903)
241
(-46 from 1903)
0.17400
190376
(+10 from 1902)
287
(+39 from 1902)
0.22193
190286
(+1 from 1901)
248
(+40 from 1901)
0.18682
190187
(-2 from 1900)
208
(-102 from 1900)
0.17994
190085
(+8 from 1899)
310
(+122 from 1899)
0.19121
189993
(-10 from 1898)
188
(-63 from 1898)
0.16320
189883
(-2 from 1897)
251
(+22 from 1897)
0.19001
189781
(+5 from 1896)
229
(-6 from 1896)
0.18779
189686
(+1 from 1895)
235
(+16 from 1895)
0.18207
189587
(-3 from 1894)
219
(-17 from 1894)
0.17293
189484
(+4 from 1893)
236
(+25 from 1893)
0.18896
189388
(+12 from 1892)
211
(+24 from 1892)
0.17432
1892100
(+4 from 1891)
187
(+37 from 1891)
0.14226
1891104
(-18 from 1890)
150
(-47 from 1890)
0.13728
189086
(+8 from 1889)
197
(+13 from 1889)
0.16458
188994
(-4 from 1888)
184
(-12 from 1888)
0.15458
188890
(+9 from 1887)
196
(+49 from 1887)
0.15088
188799
(+10 from 1886)
147
(+5 from 1886)
0.13448
1886109
(-10 from 1885)
142
(-4 from 1885)
0.11929
188599
(+3 from 1884)
146
(-4 from 1884)
0.12592
1884102
(-5 from 1883)
150
(+10 from 1883)
0.12221
188397
(+17 from 1882)
140
(+9 from 1882)
0.12447
1882114
(-10 from 1881)
131
(+10 from 1881)
0.10735
1881104
(+10 from 1880)
121
(+3 from 1880)
0.11175
1880114
First SSA data recorded
118
First SSA data recorded
0.09966

American States Popularity Rankings for Leon

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

New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#1352021#1382022#992023

Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#1982021#1902022#1432023

California (CA)

California (CA) flagCalifornia (CA)#1192021#1062022#982023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#1722021#1662022#1502023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#1652021#1532022#1442023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#1622021#1422022#1622023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#2152021#2232022#2442023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#2882021#2482022#2732023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#3782021#3432022#3292023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#1752021#1732022#1792023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#2382021#2462022#2682023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#4212021#2222022#4442023

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#4972020#4002021#3892022

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#1802021#1762022#1652023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#1742021#2312022#1492023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#1902021#2002022#1862023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#2072021#1942022#2182023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#2392021#1972022#1622023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#2812021#1752022#2692023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#1382021#1612022#1472023

Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#2992021#1932022#2072023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#1762021#1572022#972023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#3052021#1842022#2752023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#1622021#1852022#1602023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#1252021#1232022#842023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#2482021#2232022#2052023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#2032021#2412022#2142023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#1092021#842022#752023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#1902021#2442022#2012023

Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut (CT) flagConnecticut (CT)#1972021#1292022#1802023

District of Columbia (DC)

District of Columbia (DC) flagDistrict of Columbia (DC)#1302021#742022#2212023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#1352021#1342022#1142023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#1652021#1882022#1872023

Nebraska (NE)

Nebraska (NE) flagNebraska (NE)#2712021#1362022#1492023

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#3252021#1872022#1732023

Utah (UT)

Utah (UT) flagUtah (UT)#2092021#1752022#1602023

Maine (ME)

Maine (ME) flagMaine (ME)#2202021#1042022#2532023

Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#892021#712022#942023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#1762021#1132022#1512023

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#1092021#1792022#1932023

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#1812020#1632021#1662022

North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#2342017#1892022#1312023

Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#1792021#3072022#1752023

Vermont (VT)

Vermont (VT) flagVermont (VT)#1111973#1201983#762019

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#1702021#952022#2322023

Delaware (DE)

Delaware (DE) flagDelaware (DE)#2292020#1512021#2372022

Montana (MT)

Montana (MT) flagMontana (MT)#2172018#1332019#1902021

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#1732021#982022#1512023

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#1072021#1102022#772023

Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#1062021#1212022#862023

Wyoming (WY)

Wyoming (WY) flagWyoming (WY)#1371962#1192020#1172021

Popularity Rankings for Leon in other Countries and American Territories

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

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#32021#52022#42023

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#42020#62021#42022

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#62021#72022#62023

Popularity in Austria

Austria flagAustria#82020#72021#92022

Popularity in Belgium

Belgium flagBelgium#142020#112021#152022

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#132022#2402022#6132022#142023#2472023#4562023

Popularity in Croatia

Croatia flagCroatia#172021#142022#142023

Popularity in Iceland

Iceland flagIceland#512021#292022#572023

Popularity in Norway

Norway flagNorway#362021#362022#332023

Popularity in Finland

Finland flagFinland#432022#332023

Popularity in Argentina

Argentina flagArgentina#612008#522011#382012

Popularity in Russia (Moscow)

Russia (Moscow) flagRussia (Moscow)#442022#432023#402024

Popularity in Australia (NSW)

Australia (NSW) flagAustralia (NSW)#602021#432022#462023

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#712020#652021#512022

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#622021#592022#802023

Popularity in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina flagBosnia and Herzegovina#672020#612021#752022

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#1662021#1372022#652023

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#812021#712022#692023

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#932021#832022#952023

Popularity in Other American Territories

American Samoa flag American Samoa
Guam flag Guam
Northern Mariana Islands flag Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands flag U.S. Virgin Islands

Other American Territories flagOther American Territories#1151998#881999

Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#932019#932020#1012021

Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#1252021#1772022#952023

Popularity in Mexico

Mexico flagMexico#3972020

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

Is Leon a Name for Boys or Girls?

Leon is frequently given to boys due to its strong, assertive qualities and historical significance. The name’s rich heritage and bold sound have made it a popular selection for parents looking for a classic and powerful name for their sons.

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

Leon in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Leon Trotsky (Revolutionary, 1879–1940): A Russian revolutionary leader who played a significant role in the Bolshevik Revolution and the early Soviet Union.
  • Leon Russell (Musician, 1942–2016): An American musician and songwriter known for his work in rock, country, and blues genres.
  • Leon Spinks (Boxer, 1953–2021): An American boxer who won the world heavyweight title by defeating Muhammad Ali in 1978.
  • Leon Uris (Author, 1924–2003): An American author known for his historical fiction novels, including "Exodus" and "Trinity."
  • Leon Theremin (Inventor, 1896–1993): A Russian inventor known for creating the Theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments.
  • Leon Jaworski (Lawyer, 1905–1982): An American attorney who served as the Watergate Special Prosecutor.
  • Leon Goretzka (Footballer, born 1995): A German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bayern Munich and the German national team.
  • Leon Bridges (Musician, born 1989): An American soul singer, songwriter, and record producer known for his debut album "Coming Home."
  • Leon ("Léon: The Professional," 1994 Film): A professional hitman who becomes the protector and mentor of a young girl seeking revenge for her family's murder.
  • Leon Kennedy ("Resident Evil," 1996 Video Game Series): A rookie police officer who fights against zombies and bio-organic weapons in the survival horror franchise.
  • "Leon Bridges" (2015 Album "Coming Home"): The debut album of the soul singer, featuring retro-soul music with a modern twist.
  • Leon Kompowsky ("The Simpsons," 1989 TV Series): A character who believes he is Michael Jackson and befriends Homer Simpson in a mental institution.
  • Leon Vance ("NCIS," 2003 TV Series): The Director of NCIS, overseeing the operations and investigations of the team.
  • Leon S. Kennedy ("Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness," 2021 TV Series): An animated series focusing on the character's missions and battles against bioterrorism.
  • "Leon the Snowman" (1994 Song by Roger Whittaker): A whimsical holiday song about a snowman named Leon.
  • Leon Black ("Curb Your Enthusiasm," 2000 TV Series): A friend of Larry David who provides comic relief and unconventional wisdom.
  • "Leon and the Spitting Image" (2003 Novel by Allen Kurzweil): A children's book about a boy named Leon who crafts a magical spitball machine.
  • Leon Russell ("Leon Russell," 1970 Album): The debut solo album of the legendary musician, known for his blend of rock, blues, and gospel music.
  • León City (León Province, Spain): A historic city known for its Gothic Cathedral and Romanesque architecture.
  • Leon County (Florida, USA): A county in Florida known for being the home of the state capital, Tallahassee.
  • León City (Guanajuato, Mexico): A major city known for its leather industry and vibrant cultural festivals.
  • Leon River (Texas, USA): A river in central Texas known for its scenic beauty and recreational activities.