Gender Masculine
Scripts Λεόντιος(Ancient Greek)

Meaning & History

Derived from Greek λέοντος (leontos), the genitive case of λέων (leon) meaning "lion". This was the name of various early saints and martyrs. It was also borne by a 7th-century Byzantine emperor.

Related Names

VariantsLeon, Leontius
Feminine FormLeontia
Other Languages & CulturesLeo, Levon(Armenian) Lionel(Arthurian Cycle) Leo, Leon(Croatian) Leoš(Czech) Leo(Danish) Leo, Leon, Lio(Dutch) Leo, Leon, Lionel(English) Leo(Estonian) Leo(Finnish) Léo, Léon, Léonce, Léonel, Lionel(French) Levan(Georgian) Leo, Leon, Lio(German) Leon(Greek) Leone, Leonzio(Italian) Leo(Late Roman) Leons(Latvian) Leontes(Literature) Leonas(Lithuanian) Leo(Norwegian) Leon, Lew(Polish) Leão, Leonel(Portuguese) Leonti, Leontiy, Leonty, Lev, Lyov(Russian) Leon(Slovene) León, Leoncio, Leonel(Spanish) Leo(Swedish) Leib(Yiddish)


Sources & References

  1. Lexicon of Greek Personal Names, available from
Entry updated June 9, 2023