Meaning and Origin of: Leo

Boy 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

Family name origins & meanings

  • 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).

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