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GenderMasculine
UsageRussian
ScriptsЛев Russian
PronouncedPron.LYEF
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Meaning & History

Means "lion" in Russian, functioning as a vernacular form of Leo. This was the real Russian name of both author Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) and revolutionary Leon Trotsky (1879-1940).
DiminutiveLyov
Other Languages & CulturesLeon, Leontios, Leontius Ancient Greek Levon Armenian Leo, Leon Croatian Leoš Czech Leo Danish Leo, Leon Dutch Leo, Leon English Leo Finnish Léo, Léon, Léonce, Lionel French Levan Georgian Leo, Leon German Leone, Leonzio Italian Leo Late Roman Leonas Lithuanian Leo Norwegian Leon, Lew Polish Leon Slovene León, Leoncio Spanish Leo Swedish
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Categories

actors, animals, athletes, authors, felines, lions, scientists
Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute