Given Name LEON

GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Λεων (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: LEE-awn (English), LE-awn (German, Polish, Slovene)  [details]

Meaning & History

Derived from Greek λεων (leon) meaning "lion". During the Christian era this Greek name was merged with the Latin cognate Leo, with the result that the two forms are used somewhat interchangeably across European languages. In England during the Middle Ages this was a common name among Jews. A famous bearer was Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), a Russian Communist revolutionary.
VARIANTS: Leontios, Leontius (Ancient Greek)
FEMININE FORMS: Leola, Leona, Leone (English), Leona (German)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Levon (Armenian), Leoš (Czech), Leo (Danish), Leo (Finnish), Léo, Léon, Léonce, Lionel (French), Levan (Georgian), Leone, Leonzio (Italian), Leo (Late Roman), Leonas (Lithuanian), Leo (Norwegian), Leonti, Leontiy, Leonty, Lev, Lyov (Russian), León, Leoncio (Spanish), Leo (Swedish)


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Entry updated December 8, 2017