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Famous bearer of this name is the main character in Napoleon Dynamite.
― Anonymous User  4/19/2005
Napoleon is one of the dogs in the Disney movie "The Aristocats."
breakofday  12/16/2005
The name Napoleon comes from Greek, and means "Lion of the Desert" (Napoleo in Latin, Napoleone, in Italian).
Napoleon  2/3/2006
ian63089  6/21/2006
There is a term: Napoleon complex.
wishenough  2/5/2007
The Napoleon Complex theory has been long since disproven.
MoonAgeDaydreamer  10/22/2008
This is probably not a good name to give your kid because of the historical and pop culture references. I know if I met a Napoleon, I wouldn't be able to resist the urge to say "Gosh!" or ask about his super sweet liger artwork.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2007
Great meaning, I had no idea it had anything to do with the Nibelungenlied. And Napoleon makes an interesting namesake, certainly.
― Anonymous User  5/30/2007
Napoleon means "from Naples, Italy." But we use the word Neapolitan instead.
― Anonymous User  6/18/2007
Oh please, who would use this pompous, corny name on any child today? It's associated with the historical figure and no one else.
slight night shiver  5/1/2008
When I hear this name, I don't think of Napoleon Bonaparte first, but rather, Napoleon Dynamite. Therefore I think this is a fairly funny name (but only if you know Napoleon Dynamite). I don't think that this is a good name for people nowadays. The name seems to only rightfully belong to historical figures, a pig from Animal Farm and Napoleon Dynamite.
Pippin  5/10/2008
Napoleon is one of the pigs from the book Animal Farm.
Pippin  5/10/2008
Who wants to have a name associated with an angry short man who conquered most of Europe?
bananarama  9/10/2008
I personally like this name, it's historic and sounds regal.
flamestar  11/24/2008
I don't think the name has anything at all do do with the "Nibelungenlied" but most probably derives from an Italian or Byzantine saint as there is a Saint Napoleon. The Bonapartes were actually of Italian (Genoese) origin -the family had migrated to Corsica a few generations before.
Anton  3/8/2010
Napoléon Bonaparte was actually five feet six an a half inches tall, slightly taller than the average French man of the time. It also probable that the men of his imperial guard, with whom he "hung out," were very tall, creating the illusion that Napoléon was short.
― Anonymous User  4/2/2010
The only son of Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Marie Luise of Austria was also named Napoleon (Francois Joseph Charles). It was also the name of Napoleon's nephew (Charles Louis Napoleon), who became his heir and ruled as Napoleon III.
Napoleon III was married to famous Eugenie de Montijo and their only son was also called Napoleon (Eugene Louis Jean Joseph).
CarolinW  6/11/2012
My sister named her son Napoleon, at fist I was a bit skeptical, but I've grown to love it. We call him ole, poli, and Napi for short. He is so full of light and energetic, now that I think of I don't know why I didn't like it at first and I can't think of him ever having a different name.
carebearcaol  9/7/2014
The name Napoleon... It immediately shouts "RARE" to me. And rare isn't too bad.

Besides, the name has several noteworthy namesakes, the Corsican-French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte being a prominent one. I have never seen Napoleon Dynamite, but it does seem to be increasing awareness of this unusual name. But the pig from Animal Farm is one namesake it would be best to forget (the pig is an analogy of Stalin after all).

But aside from these namesakes, I see it as a modestly usable name. It sticks out among the crowd.
Amedee Lupien  8/13/2015
Napoleon Solo was the THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (portrayed by Robert Vaughn in the 1960s TV series and by Henry Cavill in the film of the same name currently in theaters).
rixter1965  8/18/2015
Women in the Bonaparte and Beauharnais familes were often given the feminine form of the name (Napoléone) among their baptismal names. Among them was Queen Josefina of Sweden (1807-1876), the consort of King Oscar I, who was born Princess Joséphine Maximilienne Eugénie Napoléone de Beauharnais (of Leuchtenberg).
rixter1965  8/18/2015
Napoleon from "Napoleon Dynamite".
― Anonymous User  10/19/2015
Napoleon is a name that could definitely be used for a fiery and determined child with great ambitions, just as Bonaparte was. But there is the problem that Napoleon is seen as a midget tyrant (he was actually slightly taller than the average Frenchman) and that the hand-in-waistcoat gesture might be used to tease the little guy. But I think that a Napoleon wouldn't necessarily let that go off easily, and then he will be respected.

Nicknames include Leo, Leon, Bonaparte, Nabulio, etc.
― Anonymous User  10/25/2015
A very royal name. A good nickname would be Nap.
Oleg Karachi  1/10/2016
A perfect name for a class clown.
Oleg Karachi  1/14/2016
You might want to include in this entry that Napoleon is the English spelling of Napoléon. You see, the proper French spelling of the name includes an 'e' with an acute accent. In turn, the French name is a gallicized form of the Italian name Napoleone, which is the name that Napoleon (who was of Italian descent) was actually given at his birth and baptism. Napoleone is an old Italian name that has been around since at least the Renaissance.

So, in short: Napoleone (Italian) ---> Napoléon (French) ---> Napoleon (English)

For more information, see:

- entry for Napoleon at Wikipedia: (in English)
- popularity statistics for Napoleone in Renaissance Italy: (in English). [noted -ed]
Lucille  4/9/2016
I think that the etymology is not right. I always heard that the etymologies must be very similar and have an appropriate meaning. For me the most possible etymology of Napoleon, Napoleone in Italian derives from Apollone the Latin name of the god Apollo. Corsica had an old Greek colony. "Ne apollone" (Some Apollo) could derive in Napolleone.
Ebanobre  1/23/2018

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