Gender Masculine
Scripts Λέων(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. LEE-ahn(English) LEH-awn(German, Polish, Slovene)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Derived from Greek λέων (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.

Related Names

VariantsLeontios, Leontius(Ancient Greek)
Feminine FormsLeona, Leone(English) Leontia(Ancient Greek)
Other Languages & CulturesLeo, Levon(Armenian) Lionel(Arthurian Romance) Leoš(Czech) Leo(Danish) Leo(Estonian) Leo(Finnish) Léo, Léon, Léonce, Léonel, Lionel(French) Levan(Georgian) Leone, Leonzio(Italian) Leo(Late Roman) Leonas(Lithuanian) Leo(Norwegian) Leonel(Portuguese) Leonti, Leontiy, Leonty, Lev, Lyov(Russian) León, Leoncio, Leonel(Spanish) Leo(Swedish)
Surname DescendantsLeon, Lyon(English)
Same SpellingLéon, León
User SubmissionLéón


People think this name is

classic   upper class   wholesome   strong   refined   strange   simple   serious  

Name Days

Croatia: February 20
Croatia: June 12
Croatia: November 10
Norway: June 28
Poland: February 20
Poland: March 14
Poland: April 11
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Poland: June 12
Poland: June 28
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Poland: November 10
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Romania: February 18
Romania: February 20


Sources & References

  1. Lexicon of Greek Personal Names, available from
Entry updated May 29, 2020