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Leo is also commonly used in the country of Georgia, where it is the short form of Leon, Leonide, Leonti and also Levan (the Georgian form of Leon).

In Georgian, Leo is written as: ლეო

Sources used:
- https://web.archive.org/web/20130130185026/http://name.interes.ge/dreams.php?action=view&id=572&from=action=search|by=%E1%83%9A (in Georgian)
- http://www.geogen.ge/ge/msearch/4314/ (in Georgian; scroll down to the entry for Leo)
- Leo Goglichidze (b. 1997), a Russian soccer player of Georgian descent: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Goglichidze (in English)
- Leo Antadze (b. 1932), a Georgian actor: https://ka.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E1%83%9A%E1%83%94%E1%83%9D_%E1%83%90%E1%83%9C%E1%83%97%E1%83%90%E1%83%AB%E1%83%94 (in Georgian)
- Leo Davitashvili (1895-1977), a Georgian scientist: https://ka.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E1%83%9A%E1%83%94%E1%83%9D_%E1%83%93%E1%83%90%E1%83%95%E1%83%98%E1%83%97%E1%83%90%E1%83%A8%E1%83%95%E1%83%98%E1%83%9A%E1%83%98 (in Georgian)
- Leon "Leo" Shengelaia (1887-1937), a Georgian politician: https://ka.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E1%83%9A%E1%83%94%E1%83%9D_%E1%83%A8%E1%83%94%E1%83%9C%E1%83%92%E1%83%94%E1%83%9A%E1%83%90%E1%83%98%E1%83%90 (in Georgian)
- Leonard "Leo" Esakia (1899-1969), a Georgian actor and film director: https://ka.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E1%83%9A%E1%83%94%E1%83%9D%E1%83%9C%E1%83%90%E1%83%A0%E1%83%93_%E1%83%94%E1%83%A1%E1%83%90%E1%83%99%E1%83%98%E1%83%90 (in Georgian)
- Leonide "Leo" Bakradze (1930-1994), a Georgian film director: https://ka.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E1%83%9A%E1%83%94%E1%83%9D_%E1%83%91%E1%83%90%E1%83%A5%E1%83%A0%E1%83%90%E1%83%AB%E1%83%94 (in Georgian)
- Leonide "Leo" Gabunia (1920-2001), a Georgian paleontologist: https://ka.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E1%83%9A%E1%83%94%E1%83%9D%E1%83%9C%E1%83%98%E1%83%93%E1%83%94_%E1%83%92%E1%83%90%E1%83%91%E1%83%A3%E1%83%9C%E1%83%98%E1%83%90 (in Georgian)
- Levan "Leo" Natadze (1880-1922), a Georgian educator and journalist: https://ka.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E1%83%9A%E1%83%94%E1%83%95%E1%83%90%E1%83%9C_%E1%83%9C%E1%83%90%E1%83%97%E1%83%90%E1%83%AB%E1%83%94 (in Georgian)
- Levan "Leo" Rukhadze (1884-1937), a Georgian politician: https://ka.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E1%83%9A%E1%83%94%E1%83%95%E1%83%90%E1%83%9C_%E1%83%A0%E1%83%A3%E1%83%AE%E1%83%90%E1%83%AB%E1%83%94 (in Georgian)
- (general): https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/?first=Leo&last=&search=Zoeken
https://ge.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Leo/+/ge-0-Georgi%C3%AB (lists only bearers living in Georgia)
- You can also find plenty of Georgian bearers on Facebook! The best way to find them is to search per city, preferably the most populous ones of Georgia: Tbilisi, Batumi, Kutaisi, Rustavi, Gori and Zugdidi.
We're going on a trip in our favorite rocket ship. Zooming through the sky, Little Einsteins!

Leo from Little Einsteins. Remember him?
Short and sweet but very strong at the same time. It is a punchy little name that is full of personality.
I love this name! It reminds me of my favorite character from Heroes of Olympus, Leo Valdez.
My sister used this name last year for her son and I think it goes well with my other nephew's name, Zane. Very handsome, short names.
The name is becoming very common. Most countries in which it is used in have seen large increases in usage of this name. Particularly in the United States.

The name in the United States has consistently risen since 2007. In the space of about 4 years, it has risen from 91st to 40th in the US. The rise is even more pronounced when you look at the Social Security data which shows that in 2000, 656 male Leo names were given, whereas currently that number has accelerated to 7454 male names. This is more than 10 times the usage in 2000.

Even the feminine form of the name has seen an increase. There is no data for the year 2000 for the feminine form, but in 1995 5 female names were given. In 2019, it is 22. This may not seem like that large of an increase, but 1933 was the last time it surpassed that number, with 23 recorded usages of the name.

Whether the acceleration will begin to slow, is not known. At the moment, that is very unlikely. Yearly increases in the name have slowed slightly, but certainly nothing of concern. Therefore, it seems likely this trajectory will continue for some time.
Also Romansh.
Source: "Vornamen in der Schweiz. Prénoms en Suisse. I nomi in Svizzera. Prenoms in Svizra" (1993) published by the Association of Swiss registrars
https://rm.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Tuor
I really like the name Leo for a dog. Specifically for a Golden Retriever or a German Shepherd. I think the name would suit a cat too.
It's a decent name. Like others have said, it's the only zodiac sign name that is actually decent. It's nothing eye-catching, but it's not terrible either.

I wouldn't name my son this, but I wouldn't go around calling people who did decide to call him that stupid for choosing it.
My cousin is named Leo Nicolas and he is the cutest baby ever. *he is NOT a Leo, but his sister is.. he is really cute as a Leo though.* I personally love the name. He has two siblings, a big brother named Ryatt James, and a big sister named Brynn Olivia❤❤❤❤ Ryatt, Brynn, and Leo go wonderfully together in my mind.
I agree NameNerd2020!
Look... my name is Leo, don't get me wrong. *But* my zodiac sign is NOT Leo. The Leo zodiac lies on the dates July 23rd - August 22nd.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_(astrology)

My birthday is May 15th, which makes my zodiac sign... Taurus the Bull. Taurus lies on the dates April 20th - May 20th. I was one of those people on the Taurus Bandwagon.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taurus_(astrology)

But man... If I were on the Leo zodiac born in August, I would have been SOOO COOOOOOL!
OK little update from Feb/19/2021: I looked at the Zodiac calculator and here's what happened
I'm not sharing the link because... privacy I guess...

My Ascendant Zodiac sign IS Leo.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_(astrology)

My Moon Zodiac sign is Gemini.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemini_(astrology)
I like Leola but I dislike Leo due to the astrological association!
Name of the day January 16, 2021.
It's okay. Definitely the only zodiac name that actually sounds like a name.
Nothing much to say. Just boring name. Boring!
Leonardo “Leo” front Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Stupid American name. Short and sad. Pathetic name. And ugly sounding.
I don't like it. It's a self-centered astrological sign.
VALDEZ!

Okay, Leo Valdez, have a crush on him and Jason truthfully, and it's made me appreciate the name.
Simple and cute.
Leo Valdez from Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus was my crush for the longest.
My daughter is called Leo. Pretty rare I think, but most people really like it once they let it settle. Leo Zuri Ré. Our beautiful lioness, I think it’s a gorgeous (albeit not obvious) strong name for a woman.
My name may be LEO but my ZODIAC sign is NOT LEO. I was born on MAY 15th 2002. As a result of my BIRTHDATE, my zodiac sign is TAURUS THE BULL. That means I'm a TAUREAN. Taureans are born under the dates April 20th to May 20th and I was ONE of those people. I DO wish I was born under the LEO zodiac sign (Born in dates July 23rd to August 22nd), then I would be TWICE as cool!
The cutest boys in the world are named Leo! This is not a biased opinion, it is the truth I swear. Every single Leo I have met has been cute.
I have three Leo's in my family. Two aren't with us anymore, one is 40. He's a very fun cousin.
Leo is a great name. It's short and strong. I still prefer it as a nickname for Leonard, Leonardo, or Leopold.
Cute.
Also Estonian: https://et.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_(eesnimi) [noted -ed]
I'm a boy whose name is Lauren and I prefer to be called Leo, but that doesn't mean I hate my name. No, I actually like it a lot, but still I just find Leo more suiting.
This name is also Greenlandic. https://www.nordicnames.de/wiki/Leo_m
I think twins Leo and Mia make a good sibset :)
Don't like it at all. Sounds like the name of a small child and could not imagine it aging well. I much prefer Leon.
Cute.
This is a short and cool name that always sounds fresh with timelessness. :)
Even though my NAME is LEO, my zodiac ISN'T. In fact, MY zodiac sign is TAURUS the BULL (which is very similar to the Leo zodiac), born on the date range: April 20th - May 20th.
Great-sounding, and it means lion. This one is a keeper.
Simple and strong.
Leo (July 23-Aug 22) is one of the 12 zodiac signs. They are usually characterized as enthusiastic, passionate and generous people who are caring and loyal to their loved ones. I am a Leo and I'm proud to call myself as one :>
Leo is the stage name of Korean singer Jung TaekWoon from VIXX.
This name is fantastic. It's masculine but slightly tender. It's a simple and cute name. I've wanted to be called this since I was seven years old, when I asked my mom why she didn't name me that. At the time I didn't know what transgender meant or that I could ever be Leo. But now that's who I am.
The acronym LEO for a law enforcement officer ruined it for me.
I like the name, it is very beautiful, it makes the name feel strong and adventurous. That´s why I´m naming my kitten Leo! I love the name. I don´t get why some of you don´t like it.
This isn't really a 'famous bearer' of the name Leo, but I've heard the name from a book called Stargirl, from a new show on Netflix called Legend of Quest: Monsters of Myth, and from a few other places. I have always liked the name and my best friend is named Leo.
Short and to the point. I love this name, I’m jealous of all you Leos out there! ;)
Leo is my boyfriend's name. I really like it, it's short and sweet and I think it sounds good with my name, which is a little longer and more fancy. Another good thing about Leo is that it's so short (almost a shortening in and of itself) so nobody can turn it into something annoying, which people do a lot with my name. My boyfriend is very small so we have an inside joke that his name is short for "Napoleon".
Also used in Spanish; it's on the popularity lists in Spain. However, it seems to be mainly used by famous bearers as a diminutive.
Leo Spitz is a character in the film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Portrayed by Ramón Rodríguez.
Simple and classy. The meaning lion is also super cool.
Leo is a character in the PBS Kids show "Let's Go, Luna".
I think Leo is a great name. It's very short, but manages to contain a lot of strength and character with only three letters. The meaning "lion" is cool too. Personally, I like the combo Leo Alexander.
The name Leo was ranked #124 as most used masculine name for newborns born in Italy in 2016. Babies with this name were 197.
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.
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.
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.
Leo is Hyde's boss on the wonderful sitcom That '70s Show. He's played by Tommy Chong.
LEO VALDEZ FOR THE WIN!
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.
Also a pet form of Leonardo or Leonard or Leonarda.
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.
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.
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...
Leo Valdez is a vital character is the 'Heroes of Olympus' series although he is often taken as the expendable or useless one.
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.
Lionel Messi is also known as Leo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! ;-)
Leo Lionni (1910-1999) wrote and illustrated more than forty children's books.
A character in the animated TV series Little Einsteins.
Leo Howard is an American actor best known for his role as Jack on the Disney XD show, Kickin' It.
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 =)
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!
I like Leo as a full name, Leonard is kind of ugly to me. Leonardo isn't that bad though.
Leo Spitz (portrayed by Ramon Rodriguez) is a character in Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen.
Simple, nice boys name.
Leo is the son of American actor Jim True-Frost and his wife, Cora. Leo has a little sister named Phoebe Sylvia Rachel.
Leo Castelli (1907-1999) was an Italian-born American art dealer.
Dutch pronunciation is LAY-o. [noted -ed]
It's also a Finnish name. Nameday June 28th. [noted -ed]
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.
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.
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!
I like it, when it's pronounced LEH-o.
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.
The name of one of the lions of the children's TV show "Between the Lions."
Actually, one of the lion cubs in the show Between the Lions that you mentioned. His real name is Lionel.
Leo is also Croatian. [noted -ed]
Leo Strauss (1899-1973), American philosopher and leading influential thinker and doyenne of the Neo-Conservative movement in US politics.
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.
Can be used as a nickname for Leopold.
I like the name Leo. I always think of a sunset when I see this name.
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.
Leo du Pres was a popular character on the soap opera _All My Children_ (1999-2002), played by Josh Duhamel (Vegas, Transformers, etc.)
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.
Leo McKern was an Australian-born actor who starred in films such as "Help!", "A Man for All Seasons" or "Ryan's Daughter".
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.
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.
Leo is the name of the main character in the book Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.
I love the name Leo. It sounds modern to me, not overused, and it has the same feeling as the name Jack.
Leo is the name of Radiohead drummer Phil Selway's first son.
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.
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.
Also a masculine name in Slovenia.
Leo McGarry was President Bartlet's best friend and Chief of Staff on the television drama, The West Wing.
It's pronounced lay-O in French.
Leo Bloom is the name of one of the characters in The Producers, played by Gene Wilder in the Mel Brooks film.
Leo is Piper's husband on Charmed. Leo is a sign of the Zodiac.
'Leo' could be short for Galileo Galilie, an Italian astronomer and mathematician. I think it's an interesting name.
Apparently Leo is sometimes given to boys by their parents who are wanting a 'lion-hearted' son.
It's also used as a nickname for names beginning with Leo.

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