US Popularity:1002
Other Origin(s):French
Meaning:Young lion, lion cub
Lionel is a boy’s name of French and Greek origin, meaning “young lion” or “lion cub.” A small yet mighty being in their early years, baby Lionel will grow to be proud, fearless, and energetic, just like the wild creature from which they get their name. A leonine name, this title is in the same family as Leo and Leonardo. These names share many things in common, particularly their notoriety amongst artists, academics, and sports stars. With so many positive influences to look to, baby Lionel will know that the sky—or maybe anything outside of what the light touches—is the limit.

Lionel Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Lionel is currently #1602 on The Bump
Boy:Lionel is currently #887 on The Bump Boy Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Lionel is currently #1002 in U.S. births
Boy:Lionel is currently #494 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
+ 131
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
  • 100,000+ Baby Names by Bruce Lansky, pg. 461

  • Behind the Name, Lionel, December 2022

  • Behind the Name, Leon, June 2023

  • Name Doctor, Lionel

  • Online Etymology Dictionary, Lionel, October 2017

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