Additional information: Leo is commonly thought to have originated from the Latin word leo, (itself from the Greek Λέων) meaning “lion”. It is also the cognate of the name Leon, as well as a short form of the names Leonard and Leopold. Many important and distinctive people have held the name Leo, including a total of 13 Catholic popes to this date, 6 Byzantine emperors, and 5 Armenian kings. Because of the meaning “lion”, the name is usually associated with strength and power. It is also one of the signs of Zodiac.
Leo has neither alternative spellings nor variations, but there is a feminine name Leola that is considered to be the female version of Leo. The name itself is used as a short form in some cases for the given names Leonard, Leonardo, Leopold, and others.
The popularity of the name Leo has been high in most of the recorded history of the name usage. In 2014 it was ranked as the 2nd most popular male name in Finland, the 4th most popular in France, the 15th most popular in Finland, the 16th most popular in Spain as well as in England and Wales, the 11th most popular in Galicia, and the 17th most popular in Catalonia. It was also ranked in the top 100 most popular boy names in more than 15 countries around the world. 2014 marked the peak usage for this name with it reaching 2nd most popular in Finland. In the US, the name was most popular in 1903 when it was ranked as the 37th most popular male name.
Famous people and celebrities who share the name Leo include Leo Fender, an entrepreneur and guitar maker; Leo Howard, an actor; Leo Stronda, a rapper; Leo Taylor, a drummer; Leo Tolstoy, a Russian novelist (author of 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina'); Leo Komarov, a hockey player; Leo Fitzpatrick, an actor; and Leo Sayer, a pop singer. 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).
The first thing you should know if you are considering Leo for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Leo is a boy name.
The name Leo is of Latin origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, French speaking countries, Greek speaking countries, Italian speaking countries, Polish speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Leo we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Leo Name Meaning
The meaning of Leo is “A Lion”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Leo and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Leo and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Leo is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Leo Categories
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Popularity of the Name Leo
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Leo displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Leo Boy Name Popularity Chart
Leo Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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