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ScriptsΛεων Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.LEE-awn English
LE-awn GermanPolishSlovene

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.
VariantsLeontios, Leontius Ancient Greek
Feminine FormsLeola, Leona, Leone English Leona German
Other Languages & CulturesLevon 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
Same SpellingLéon, León


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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute