Meaning and Origin of: Leon

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Greek : Lion
  • German : Lion-hearted
  • Italian : Fierce one from Naples
  • African American : Lion in a new city

Family name origins & meanings

  • Spanish (León) : habitational name from León, a city in northwestern Spain, named with Latin legio, genitivelegionis ‘legion’, a division of the Roman army. In Roman times the city was the garrison of the 7th Legion, known as the Legio Gemina. The city’s name became reduced from Legion(em) toLeon(em), and in this form developed an unetymological association with the word for ‘lion’, Spanish león.
  • Spanish : from the personal name León, from Greekleōn ‘lion’ (see Lyon 2). Leon is also found as a Greek family name.
  • Spanish : nickname for a fierce or brave warrior, from león ‘lion’.
  • French (Léon) and English : variant of Lyon.