US Popularity:268
Origin:Greek
Other Origin(s):Latin, Spanish
Meaning:lion
Here's a name to roar about! Leon is a baby boy name of Greek origin. If you love animals and wildlife, you may adore this name’s connection to the Latin word leo, meaning “lion.” From religious symbols to the British coat of arms, lions symbolize strength, royalty, and pride. Leo is also one of the 12 astrological signs, given to babies born between July 23rd and August 22nd. Additionally, Leon has possible Spanish roots, and was the name of a medieval kingdom in the Northwest of Spain. With so many exciting connections, your little Leon is sure to be the leader of the pride when they grow up!

Famous People Named Leon

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  • Leon Spinks
    Boxer

Leon Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Leon is currently #236 on The Bump
Boy:Leon is currently #132 on The Bump Boy Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Leon is currently #268 in U.S. births
Boy:Leon is currently #148 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

Year:
2023
#267
in 2023
+ 21
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
Sources
  • 100,000+ Baby Names by Bruce Lansky

  • Britannica, Leo August 2023

  • The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names by E.G. Withycombe

  • Ancestry, Leon Family History

  • Online Etymology Dictionary, Leon August 2023

  • Behind the Name, Simon (1) June 2023

  • Name Doctor, Leon

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