Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. LYAW-NEHL(French)
LIE-ə-nəl(English)
LIE-nəl(English)
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Meaning & History

French diminutive of Léon. It appears in Arthurian legend in the 13th-century Lancelot-Grail Cycle, belonging to a knight who was the brother of Sir Bors. A notable modern bearer is the Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi (1987-).

Related Names

VariantLéonel(French)
Feminine FormsLéone, Léonne(French)
Other Languages & CulturesLeon, Leontios, Leontius(Ancient Greek) Leo, Levon(Armenian) Leo, Leon(Croatian) Leoš(Czech) Leo(Danish) Leo, Leon(Dutch) Leo(Estonian) Leo(Finnish) Levan(Georgian) Leo, Leon(German) Leone, Leonzio(Italian) Leo(Late Roman) Leonas(Lithuanian) Leo(Norwegian) Leon, Lew(Polish) Leonel(Portuguese) Leonti, Leontiy, Leonty, Lev(Russian) Leon(Slovene) León, Leoncio, Leonel(Spanish) Leo(Swedish)
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Entry updated January 21, 2022