Name: Leo

Origin and Meaning of the Name Leo

  • Meaning:
    Lion
  • Origin:
  • Gender:
    Boy
  • Pronunciation:
    (LEE oh)
  • Form of:
    Itself (Leo)
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Miscellaneous Info for Leo

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  • Used in:
    English, French, Greek, Italian and Polish speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    This name was taken from the Latin noun 'leo', meaning 'lion' (itself from the Greek 'leon'). Leo is slowly climbing in popularity - it reached the 236th spot in the US charts in 2006. Ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair used it for his son in 2000, a high profile birth which most likely helped boost its popularity in the UK (where it was the 33rd most popular boy's name in 2006). It most famously belonged to the Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy (author of 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina') and is the fifth sign of the zodiac. Leo is often unimaginatively chosen as the name of lion mascots.

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Popularity Rank of Leo (US top 1000 names since 1880)

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Leo - Rankings by Year

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(Source: U.S. SSA)
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