Names Categorized "lions"

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ANDROCLES m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek Ανδροκλης (Androkles) which meant "glory of a man", derived from ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος) and κλεος (kleos) "glory". This was the name of a man who pulled a thorn from a lion's paw in one of Aesop's fables.
APOLINAR m Spanish
Spanish form of APOLLINARIS.
APOLINARY m Polish
Polish form of APOLLINARIS.
APOLLINAIRE m French (Rare)
French form of APOLLINARIS. It was adopted as a surname by the Polish-French poet Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), who based it on his Polish middle name Apolinary.
APOLLINARIS m Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek name derived from the name of the god APOLLO. This was the name of several early saints and martyrs, including a bishop of Ravenna and a bishop of Hierapolis.
APOLLO m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Απολλων (Apollon), which is of unknown meaning, though perhaps related to Indo-European *apelo "strength". Another theory states that Apollo can be equated with Appaliunas, an Anatolian god whose name possibly means "father lion" or "father light". The Greeks later associated Apollo's name with the Greek verb απολλυμι (apollymi) meaning "to destroy". In Greek mythology Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto and the twin of Artemis. He was the god of prophecy, medicine, music, art, law, beauty, and wisdom. Later he also became the god of the sun and light.
APOLLONIOS m Ancient Greek
From an ancient Greek personal name which was derived from the name of the Greek god APOLLO. It was borne by a Greek poet of the 3rd century BC. Several saints have also had this name.
ARELI m Biblical
Means "lion of God, hero" in Hebrew. This was the name of a son of Gad in the Old Testament.
ARI (1) m Hebrew
Means "lion" in Hebrew.
ARIE (2) m Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew אַרְיֵה (see ARIEH).
ARIEH m Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lion" in Hebrew. This is the name of an officer of King Pekahiah in the Old Testament.
'ARI'EL m Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of ARIEL.
ARIEL m & f Hebrew, English, French, Spanish, Biblical, Biblical Greek
Means "lion of God" in Hebrew, from אֲרִי ('ari) meaning "lion" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". In the Old Testament it is used as another name for the city of Jerusalem. Shakespeare used it as the name of a spirit in his play 'The Tempest' (1611), and one of the moons of Uranus bears this name in his honour. As an English name, it became more common for females in the 1980s, especially after it was used for the title character in the Walt Disney film 'The Little Mermaid' (1989).
ARIELLA f English (Modern)
Strictly feminine form of ARIEL.
ARIELLE f French
French feminine form of ARIEL.
ARIHEL m Biblical Latin
Latin form of ARIEL.
ARIK m Hebrew
Diminutive of ARIEL or ARIEH.
ARSLAN m Turkish, Turkmen
Turkish variant and Turkmen form of ASLAN.
ARYEH m Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew אַרְיֵה (see ARIEH).
ASAD m Arabic, Urdu
Means "lion" in Arabic.
ASLAN m Turkish, Kazakh, Azerbaijani, Chechen, Ossetian, Circassian
From Turkic arslan meaning "lion". This was a byname or title borne by several medieval Turkic rulers, including the Seljuk sultan Alp Arslan (a byname meaning "brave lion") who drove the Byzantines from Anatolia in the 11th century. The name Aslan was later used by the author C. S. Lewis for the main protagonist (a lion) in his 'Chronicles of Narnia' series of books, first appearing in 1950.
ASLANBEK m Chechen, Ossetian, Circassian
Derived from Turkish aslan meaning "lion" combined with the Turkish military title beg meaning "chieftain, master".
BAST f Egyptian Mythology
Possibly means "fire, heat" or "ointment jar" in Egyptian. In Egyptian mythology Bast was a goddess of cats, fertility and the sun who was considered a protector of Lower Egypt. She was often depicted with the head of a lioness or a house cat. As her role in the Egyptian pantheon diminished, she was called Bastet.
BASTET f Egyptian Mythology
Variant of BAST. This form of the name, a diminutive, was given to her after the similar goddess Sekhmet (protector of Upper Egypt) became more important.
HAIDAR m Arabic
Means "lion" in Arabic. This was another name of Ali, the husband of Fatimah the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad.
HAIDER m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حيدر (see HAIDAR).
HARI m Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali
Means "brown, yellow, tawny" in Sanskrit, and by extension "monkey, horse, lion". This is another name of the Hindu god Vishnu, and sometimes of Krishna. It is also borne by the son of the Garuda, the bird-like mount of Vishnu.
HAYDAR m Turkish
Turkish form of HAIDAR.
HAYDER m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حيدر (see HAIDAR).
HEYDAR m Persian
Persian form of HAIDAR.
HYDER m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حيدر (see HAIDAR).
IZEM m Northern African, Berber
Means "lion" in Tamazight.
KFIR m Hebrew
Means "lion cub" in Hebrew.
LAVI m Hebrew
Means "lion" in Hebrew.
LEANDER m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Λεανδρος (Leandros), derived from λεων (leon) meaning "lion" and ανηρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Greek legend Leander was the lover of Hero. Every night he swam across the Hellespont to meet her, but on one occasion he was drowned when a storm arose. When Hero saw his dead body she threw herself into the waters and perished.
LÉANDRE m French
French form of LEANDER.
LEANDRO m Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of LEANDER.
LELLE m Swedish
Diminutive of LENNART.
LEN m English
Short form of LEONARD.
LENARD m English
Variant of LEONARD.
LENART m Slovene
Slovene form of LEONARD.
LENNART m Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Low German, Dutch
Swedish and Low German form of LEONARD.
LENNIE m English
Diminutive of LEONARD.
LENNY m English
Diminutive of LEONARD.
LÉO m French
French form of LEO.
LEOLA f English
Feminine form of LEO.
LEOLIN m Welsh
Variant of LLYWELYN influenced by Latin leo "lion".
LÉON m French
French form of LEON.
LEÓN m Spanish
Spanish form of LEON. León is also the name of a province in Spain, though the etymology is unrelated.
LEON m English, German, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Dutch, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek λεων (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.
LEONA f English, German, Czech
Feminine form of LEON.
LÉONARD m French
French form of LEONARD.
LEONARD m English, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic
Means "brave lion", derived from the Germanic elements lewo "lion" (of Latin origin) and hard "brave, hardy". This was the name of a 5th-century Frankish saint from Noblac who is the patron of prisoners and horses. The Normans brought this name to England, where it was used steadily through the Middle Ages, becoming even more common in the 20th century.
LEONARDA f Italian
Feminine form of LEONARDO.
LEONARDO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of LEONARD. A notable bearer was Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), an Italian artist and scientist of the Renaissance. He is known as the inventor of several contraptions, including flying machines, as well as the painter of the 'Mona Lisa'. Another famous bearer was Leonardo Fibonacci, a 13th-century Italian mathematician. A more recent bearer is American actor Leonardo DiCaprio (1974-).
LEONAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of LEON.
LÉONCE m French
French form of LEONTIOS.
LEONCIO m Spanish
Spanish form of LEONTIOS.
LÉONE f French
French feminine form of LEON.
LEONE (1) m Italian
Italian form of LEON.
LEONE (2) f English
Variant of LEONA.
LEONHARD m German
German form of LEONARD. Leonhard Euler was a Swiss mathematician who made many important contributions to calculus, number theory, geometry and theoretical physics.
LEONID m Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of LEONIDAS.
LEONIDA m Italian
Italian form of LEONIDAS.
LEONIDAS m Greek, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek λεων (leon) meaning "lion" combined with the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides). Leonidas was a Spartan king of the 5th century BC who sacrificed his life and his army defending the pass of Thermopylae from the Persians. This was also the name of a 3rd-century saint and martyr, the father of Origen, from Alexandria.
LÉONIDE m & f French (Rare)
French masculine and feminine form of LEONIDAS.
LÉONNE f French (Rare)
Feminine form of LÉON.
LEONTI m Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Леонтий (see LEONTIY).
LEONTINA f Italian, Late Roman
Feminine form of LEONTIUS.
LÉONTINE f French
French form of LEONTINA.
LEONTIOS m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek λεων (leon) meaning "lion". This was the name of various early saints and martyrs. It was also borne by a 7th-century Byzantine emperor.
LEONTIY m Russian
Russian form of LEONTIOS.
LEONTY m Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Леонтий (see LEONTIY).
LEONTYNE f English (Rare)
Variant of LÉONTINE. This name was borne by opera singer Leontyne Price (1927-).
LEONZIO m Italian
Italian form of LEONTIOS.
LÉOPOLD m French
French form of LEOPOLD.
LEOPOLD m German, Dutch, English, Slovene, Polish
Derived from the Germanic elements leud "people" and bald "bold". The spelling was altered due to association with Latin leo "lion". This name was common among German royalty, first with the Babenbergs and then the Habsburgs. Saint Leopold was a 12th-century Babenberg margrave of Austria, who is now considered the patron of that country. It was also borne by two Habsburg Holy Roman emperors, as well as three kings of Belgium. Since the 19th century this name has been occasionally used in England, originally in honour of Queen Victoria's uncle, a king of Belgium, after whom she named one of her sons. It was later used by James Joyce for the main character, Leopold Bloom, in his novel 'Ulysses' (1920).
LÉOPOLDINE f French
French feminine form of LEOPOLD.
LEOPOLDO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of LEOPOLD.
LEOŠ m Czech
Czech form of LEO.
LEUDBALD m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of LEOPOLD.
LEV (1) m Russian
Means "lion" in Russian, functioning as a vernacular form of Leo. This was the real Russian name of both author Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) and revolutionary Leon Trotsky (1879-1940).
LEVAN m Georgian
Georgian form of LEON.
LEVON m Armenian
Armenian form of LEON. This was the name of several kings of Cilician Armenia, including the first king Levon I the Magnificent.
LEW (2) m Polish
Polish cognate of LEV (1).
LEWELLA f Welsh
Variant of LLEWELLA.
LIONEL m French, English
French diminutive of LÉON. A notable bearer is Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi (1987-).
LIUPOLD m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of LEOPOLD.
LLEW m Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Variant of LLEU. It can also be a short form of LLEWELYN. It coincides with the Welsh word llew meaning "lion".
LLEWELLA f Welsh
Feminine form of LLYWELYN.
LLEWELLYN m Welsh
Variant of LLEWELYN.
LLEWELYN m Welsh
Variant of LLYWELYN influenced by the Welsh word llew "lion".
LLYWELYN m Welsh
Possibly a Welsh form of the old Celtic name Lugubelenus, a combination of the names of the gods LUGUS and BELENUS. Alternatively it may be derived from Welsh llyw "leader". This was the name of several Welsh rulers, notably the 13th-century Llywelyn the Great who fought against England.
LUITPOLD m German (Rare)
German variant of LEOPOLD.
LYOV m Russian (Rare)
Diminutive of LEV (1).
OSAMA m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic أسامة (see USAMA).
OTHNIEL m Biblical
Meaning uncertain, possibly "lion of God" or "strength of God" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is a nephew of Caleb who becomes the first of the ruling judges of the Israelites.
PANTALEON m Ancient Greek
Derived from the Greek elements παν (pan) meaning "all" (genitive παντος) and λεων (leon) meaning "lion". This was the name of a 2nd-century BC king of Bactria. It was also borne by Saint Pantaleon (also called Panteleimon), a doctor from Asia Minor who was martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian in the early 4th century. He is a patron saint of doctors and midwives.
PANTALEONE m Italian
Italian form of PANTALEON.
POLDI m German
German diminutive of LEOPOLD.
RUSLAN m Russian, Tatar, Bashkir, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Azerbaijani, Ossetian, Chechen, Ingush, Avar, Circassian
Form of YERUSLAN used by Aleksandr Pushkin in his poem 'Ruslan and Ludmila' (1820), which was loosely based on Russian and Tatar folktales of Yeruslan Lazarevich.
RUSLANA f Ukrainian
Feminine form of RUSLAN.
SHER m Urdu, Pashto
Means "lion" in Persian. A famous bearer of this name was Sher Shah, a 16th-century Mughal ruler.
SHIR (2) m Persian (Rare)
Modern Persian form of SHER.
SIMBA (2) m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "lion" in Swahili. This is the name of the main character in the Disney movie 'The Lion King' (1994), about a lion cub who exiles himself after his father is murdered.
SINGH m Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit सिंह (sinha) meaning "lion". In 1699 Guru Gobind Singh gave all his male Sikh followers the surname Singh, and it is now a very common surname or a middle name. The female equivalent is Kaur.
TAU m Southern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means "lion" in Tswana and Sotho. Tau was the name of the last ruler of the Rolong in South Africa (18th century).
THIHA m Burmese
Means "lion" in Burmese, ultimately from Sanskrit सिंह (sinha).
USAMA m Arabic
Means "lion" in Arabic.
YERUSLAN m Folklore
From Tatar Uruslan, which was possibly from Turkic arslan meaning "lion". Yeruslan Lazarevich is the name of a hero in Russian and Tatar folktales. These tales were based on (or at least influenced by) Persian tales of their hero Rostam.