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The name Leo was ranked #124 as most used masculine name for newborns born in Italy in 2016. Babies with this name were 197.
Felie  11/4/2018
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In 2018, 2 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Leo* who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 533rd most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.

*as a first name, not a nickname.
― Anonymous User  10/8/2018
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I like it, but unfortunately it is used too much as a nickname for names that start with Leo-.
A lot of people would think it's short for something else.
Mailen  7/6/2018
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I love the name Leo. I think it’s very interesting and a strong boys name for being only 3 letters long. I also love the zodiac reference! It is also a family name to me personally which makes me love it even more! I love the nickname Lee.
CrayStay  4/4/2018
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Leo is Hyde's boss on the wonderful sitcom That '70s Show. He's played by Tommy Chong.
That70sShowGeek  2/23/2018
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LEO VALDEZ FOR THE WIN!
goddess7533  2/18/2018
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It's a nice name, but I would prefer this to be a nickname for a name like Leonard, Leonardo, or Leon.
I like names that have cool or interesting nicknames that you can use if you would prefer.
With a name like Leonardo, you have a cool name you can use, as well as a cool nickname to use.
GiJeff  2/13/2018
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Also a pet form of Leonardo or Leonard or Leonarda.
― Anonymous User  10/6/2017
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I really like this name. It's short enough to be easy to say, but not boring, and whenever you can put two vowels next to each other without it looking like the word Gaelic, that's a good thing.
blackiesunshine  8/28/2017
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Leo Sirota was a Jewish pianist born in Kamianets-Podilskyi, Podolskaya Guberniya, Russian Empire, now Ukraine. Leo Sirota began studying piano at the age of five. By the age of nine he was already giving concerts and came to the attention of Paderewski, who invited the boy to study with him. Sirota's parents, however, felt he was too young, and so he attended the conservatories in Kiev and, later, Saint Petersburg. However, in 1904 he went to Vienna to study with Ferruccio Busoni. He worked as rehearsal pianist with the conductor Jascha Horenstein, whose sister, Augustine Horenstein, he married. Sirota's Vienna debut concert must have been a memorable occasion: it comprised the Mozart sonata for two pianos with Busoni playing the other piano, followed by the Busoni Piano Concerto, with Busoni conducting, and ended with the two piano version of the Liszt Don Juan Fantasy. Sirota and his family settled in Japan in 1929, staying there for 16 years, teaching and giving recitals. He was a piano teacher of Minoru Matsuya (1910–1995) and Takahiro Sonoda (1928-2004). While in Japan, he championed Yamaha pianos against the prevailing fashion in Japan for Bechstein and Steinway instruments.
lilolaf  2/19/2017
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I am either pangender or ftm transgender (Still questioning). I plan on using this name or Dylan or Quinn when I (hopefully) change schools. I'll probably use Leo, it's my zodiac sign so...
Nevertellzzz  12/10/2016
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Leo Valdez is a vital character is the 'Heroes of Olympus' series although he is often taken as the expendable or useless one.
R2by_M2nn  4/30/2016
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I like this name and if you like\love it as well and are considering using it for your little guy, some combos I have paired with it that you are more than welcome to take a look at are:

Leo Rylan
Leo Parker
Leo Thomas
Spencer Leo
Sebastian Leo
Shannon Leo
Thomas Leo.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2016
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Lionel Messi is also known as Leo.
cutenose  4/24/2016
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Leo is the name of a character from Fire Emblem: Fates. He is the third child of King Garon of Nohr and a foster brother to the protagonist Corrin.
Buneary  3/29/2016
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I chose Leo to be my name when I transitioned from female to male~ I love the name and it really connects me to my childhood, my favorite movies and animals, and my beautiful girlfriend Lianna.
Randomcat  3/4/2016
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I also chose Leo as my masculine name while transitioning. Strong, yet soft and very masculine. I love it, my family and friends love it, and they all say it suits me very well.
― Anonymous User  7/23/2016
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I only like it as a nickname for Leonardo or something like that. But as a name on its own it can get kinda boring.
― Anonymous User  7/4/2015
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The name Leo is VERY classy and handsome! I'm DEFINITELY considering using this beauty of a name! You can't deny that the meaning "lion" is bloody fantastic! ;-)
― Anonymous User  11/7/2014
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Leo Lionni (1910-1999) wrote and illustrated more than forty children's books.
hkols  9/30/2014
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A character in the animated TV series Little Einsteins.
― Anonymous User  7/18/2014
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Leo Howard is an American actor best known for his role as Jack on the Disney XD show, Kickin' It.
ccourtneyw  8/21/2013
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Leo has everything- it's simple, it's strong, it's vintage, and it's adorable. I absolutely love this name ♡. We are considering naming our son Leo =)
.Lily.  8/16/2013
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This name is absolutely adorable, but it seems like it's getting trendy. I hope it doesn't become too popular, it's a great name but sometimes names get ruined by becoming too common!
Oohvintage  7/24/2013
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I like Leo as a full name, Leonard is kind of ugly to me. Leonardo isn't that bad though.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2013
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Leo Spitz (portrayed by Ramon Rodriguez) is a character in Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen.
emilydominko  3/10/2012
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Simple, nice boys name.
Amanda_M87  2/25/2012
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Leo is the son of American actor Jim True-Frost and his wife, Cora. Leo has a little sister named Phoebe Sylvia Rachel.
― Anonymous User  1/5/2012
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Leo Castelli (1907-1999) was an Italian-born American art dealer.
― Anonymous User  10/18/2011
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Dutch pronunciation is LAY-o. [noted -ed]
renee06  10/14/2011
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It's also a Finnish name. Nameday June 28th. [noted -ed]
Marjis  9/27/2011
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My Grandparents (Leone) came over from Italy and as they were let into the UK, the person at the port could not understand them and chose to shorten their name to Leo as they were let into the country.
acechipper  7/29/2011
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This is such a cool name; timeless, too! It'd be really cool to give this name to a son born under the Leo zodiac.
... Though in this day and age, with all the little Liams running around, you'd have to put extra emphasis on the 'o' when calling for your kid on the playground.
mrose19  7/21/2011
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I am warming up to the name Leo. Before falling asleep last night, I thought it would be such a cute little family of mine to have a little daughter Anna, and a baby Leo. So I like that combination now! And when I woke up, it occurred to me Leo Tolstoy wrote 'Anna Karenina'. Still, Anna and Leo make a cute sibset!
― Anonymous User  12/19/2010
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I like it, when it's pronounced LEH-o.
― Anonymous User  9/26/2010
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The Saints Day for Saint Leo the Great, is 18th of February for Orthodox Christians and 10th of November for Catholics. This is a good short first name for a boy, with plenty of history and suits any age. One of my children is named Leo.
Katinkabelle  7/12/2010
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The name of one of the lions of the children's TV show "Between the Lions."
― Anonymous User  6/26/2010
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Leo is also Croatian. [noted -ed]
goricar  3/11/2010
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Leo Strauss (1899-1973), American philosopher and leading influential thinker and doyenne of the Neo-Conservative movement in US politics.
SandSea  2/25/2010
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I'm bringing Leo back for a girl. I'm kidding! But it's kind of awesome, even late 19th and early 20th Century Americans used male names for females. Our generation didn't start it.
resolutionwritenovel  1/3/2010
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Can be used as a nickname for Leopold.
-Julia-  11/18/2009
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I like the name Leo. I always think of a sunset when I see this name.
-Julia-  7/23/2009
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I don't care for this name. I prefer Leon. It's too common and people seem to think of it as a nickname, when in fact it's a given name. If you like it that much, just use Leo on its own.
bananarama  3/17/2009
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Leo du Pres was a popular character on the soap opera _All My Children_ (1999-2002), played by Josh Duhamel (Vegas, Transformers, etc.)
faye  1/25/2009
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Leo is the name of Tony Blair's youngest son (Leo George) born in 2000. He was the first legitimate child born to a serving Prime Minister for 150 years.
Rose-Berry  10/28/2008
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Leo McKern was an Australian-born actor who starred in films such as "Help!", "A Man for All Seasons" or "Ryan's Daughter".
― Anonymous User  10/16/2008
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I also like Leo as a girls' name - like, for instance, as a short form of Leona or Leonie. I think it would suit a brave, strong, determined girl just as much as it would suit a boy.
Sophannagh  8/1/2008
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By far, this is the most widely-accepted of the zodiac-sign names. But I wouldn't use it myself; I find it too common. That aside, it's not bad.
seraphine_eternal  6/15/2008
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Leo is the name of the main character in the book Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.
Mrnda13  1/2/2008
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I love the name Leo. It sounds modern to me, not overused, and it has the same feeling as the name Jack.
Mrnda13  12/31/2007
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Leo is the name of Radiohead drummer Phil Selway's first son.
scholasticastewart  11/11/2007
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I really like this name! It sounds very masculine. But if I was given a name like Leonora, I'd probably use Leo as a girl name.
DontDissMadison  10/19/2007
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Leo Baekeland was a Belgian-American chemist and inventor; he created Bakelite, one of the earliest and most successful plastics.

Leo Burnett was a revolutionary American advertising executive, one of the first to create an single, outstanding image to symbolize a product. Among his creations are the Pillsbury Doughboy, Jolly Green Giant, Tony the Tiger, Marlboro Man, and other ad icons.

Leo Szilard was a Hungarian-American physicist involved in the Manhattan Project. He first theorized the nuclear chain reaction.
sarescent  10/10/2007
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Also a masculine name in Slovenia.
earthnut  7/3/2007
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Leo McGarry was President Bartlet's best friend and Chief of Staff on the television drama, The West Wing.
Nochenne  6/2/2007
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It's pronounced lay-O in French.
Carby7  4/16/2006
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Leo Bloom is the name of one of the characters in The Producers, played by Gene Wilder in the Mel Brooks film.
― Anonymous User  12/29/2005
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Leo is Piper's husband on Charmed. Leo is a sign of the Zodiac.
― Anonymous User  9/27/2005
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'Leo' could be short for Galileo Galilie, an Italian astronomer and mathematician. I think it's an interesting name.
― Anonymous User  6/23/2005
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Apparently Leo is sometimes given to boys by their parents who are wanting a 'lion-hearted' son.
nafer1  5/18/2005
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It's also used as a nickname for names beginning with Leo.
Araceli  4/14/2005

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