Meaning and Origin of: Leo
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First name origins & meanings:
- Greek : Lion
- German : Lion-hearted
- Italian : Fierce one from Naples
- African American : Lion in a new city
- Spanish : Holy oil used in church
First name variations
Last name origin & meaning:
- Southern Italian : nickname for a fierce or brave warrior, from Latin leo ‘lion’.
- Italian : from a short form of the personal name Pantaleo.
- Jewish : from the personal name Leo (from Latin leo ‘lion’), borrowed from Christians as an equivalent of Hebrew Yehuda (see Leib 3).
- English : from the Old French personal name Leon ‘lion’ (see Lyon 2).
- Spanish : variant or derivative of the personal name Leon.
- Dutch : from Latin leo ‘lion’, applied either a nickname for a strong or fearless man or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a lion; or alternatively from a personal name of the same derivation.
- German and Hungarian (Leó) : Latinized form of Löwe (see Loewe).