Name: Leon

Origin and Meaning of the Name Leon

  • Meaning:
    Lion
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  • Gender:
    Boy
  • Pronunciation:
    (LEE on); (lay ON)
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Miscellaneous Info for Leon

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    English, French, German and Polish speaking countries
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    English, German and Polish form of Leo. It is spelled as Léon in French.

    León is a province in Spain, it's capital is also called León. León is also the name of a car made by SEAT.

    Russian Bolshevik revolutionary, Leon Trotsky is a famous bearer of this name. His Marxist interpretation - Trotskyism, which calls for a world or permanent revolution against capitalism, was opposed by Josef Stalin. Following the power struggle for leadership of Russia after the death of Lenin, Trotsky was exiled. He was assassinated in Mexico City with an ice pick.

    Leon Alberti was a Italian humanist polymath of the 15th century. He was a skilled author, architect, artist, cryptographer, linguist, poet and philosopher.

    Léon Foucault was a French physicist who invented the Foucault pendulum, which can be used to demonstrate the effect of the Earth's rotation. Another scientist named Leon is Leon Lederman, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his research into neutrinos.

    Léon Blum was Prime Minister of France three times - prior and after the Second World War.

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