Leon

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166k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
86k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Leon mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Leon

"Leon" is a name of French origin, and it means "Lion". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Le"on
A lion.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A city in central Mexico
  2. A city in northwestern Spain at the foot of the Cantabrian Mountains
  3. A historical area and former kingdom in northwestern Spain
Wiktionary
  1. A male given name, a Greek form of Leo, or Anglicized from the French Léon or Spanish León.

Leon was also found in the following language(s): Breton, Danish, Faroese, German, Irish, Norwegian, Old Portuguese, Slovene, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Leon

Leon Trotsky was a Full member of the 6th , 7th , 8th , 9th , 10th , 11th , 12th , 13th , 14th Politburo, Full member of the6th , and 14th Politburo. Leon was given the name Lev Davidovich Bronstein on November 7th, 1879 in near Yelizavetgrad, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire. He passed away on August 21st, 1940.

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Leon Russell is a country music, rock music, folk music, rhythm, blues, folk rock, and blues rock musician. He plays Vocals, piano, organ, guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, and Electronic organ. He holds the title This Masquerade". He has been prominent since 1956. Leon was given the name Claude Russell Bridges on April 2nd, 1942 in Lawton, Oklahoma, United States. Leon is also known as Hank Wilson.

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Leon Panetta is a Chairman of the House Budget Committee, 23rd United States Secretary of Defense, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, 18th White House Chief of Staff, 29th Director of theOffice of Management, Budget, and Chairman of theHouse Budget Comm. His military service ended in 1966. Leon was born on June 28th, 1938 in Monterey, California.

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Leon Bridges is a soul music, gospel music, rhythm, and blues musician. Leon was given the name Todd Michael Bridges on July 13th, 1989 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

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Leon was born in 1859 in Mons. He breathed his last breath in 1924.

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Leon Czolgosz is a steel.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Leon

Juan Ponce de León is a Governor of Puerto Rico. Juan was born in Santervás de Campos.

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Donna Leon is a crime fiction novelist. She has had major accomplishments since 1992. Donna was born on September 29th, 1942 in Montclair, New Jersey, U.S.

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John Standing is an actor. He was most prominent from 1959 to present. John was given the name John Ronald Leon on August 16th, 1934 in London, England.

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Kevin de León is a President pro tempore of the California Senate and President pro tempore of the California State Senate. Kevin was born on December 10th, 1966 in Logan Heights, San Diego.

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Lucero is a latin pop, dance-pop, mariachi, and ranchera singing, actor, and presenter. She has been prominent since 1980. Lucero was given the name Lucero Hogaza León on August 29th, 1969 in Mexico City. Lucero is also known as Lucerito.

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David Jeremy Leon is an actor. He has been prominent since 2004. David was born on July 24th, 1980 in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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How popular is the baby name Leon in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 118 0 118
1881 121 0 121
1882 131 0 131
1883 140 0 140 #98 boy name
1884 150 0 150
1885 146 0 146 #99 boy name
1886 142 0 142
1887 147 0 147 #99 boy name
1888 196 0 196 #91 boy name
1889 184 0 184 #94 boy name
1890 197 0 197 #86 boy name
1891 156 6 150
1892 194 7 187 #100 boy name
1893 216 5 211 #89 boy name
1894 241 5 236 #84 boy name
1895 219 0 219 #87 boy name
1896 241 6 235 #86 boy name
1897 237 8 229 #81 boy name
1898 260 9 251 #83 boy name
1899 188 0 188 #93 boy name
1900 320 10 310 #85 boy name
1901 208 0 208 #87 boy name
1902 259 11 248 #87 boy name
1903 287 0 287 #76 boy name
1904 248 7 241 #90 boy name
1905 283 9 274 #87 boy name
1906 275 12 263 #88 boy name
1907 333 9 324 #80 boy name
1908 342 15 327 #84 boy name
1909 387 10 377 #80 boy name
1910 452 17 435 #81 boy name
1911 555 15 540 #77 boy name
1912 1,016 10 1,006 #79 boy name
1913 1,176 16 1,160 #81 boy name
1914 1,431 17 1,414 #85 boy name
1915 2,008 31 1,977 #82 boy name
1916 1,981 27 1,954 #85 boy name
1917 2,131 29 2,102 #82 boy name
1918 2,472 30 2,442 #77 boy name
1919 2,284 34 2,250 #80 boy name
1920 2,596 42 2,554 #75 boy name
1921 2,645 27 2,618 #74 boy name
1922 2,551 31 2,520 #77 boy name
1923 2,566 37 2,529 #77 boy name
1924 2,712 37 2,675 #76 boy name
1925 2,665 27 2,638 #76 boy name
1926 2,675 29 2,646 #73 boy name
1927 2,638 37 2,601 #78 boy name
1928 2,486 26 2,460 #81 boy name
1929 2,357 21 2,336 #81 boy name
1930 2,422 23 2,399 #81 boy name
1931 2,273 27 2,246 #84 boy name
1932 2,324 28 2,296 #83 boy name
1933 2,205 16 2,189 #85 boy name
1934 2,322 19 2,303 #87 boy name
1935 2,296 13 2,283 #86 boy name
1936 2,291 9 2,282 #82 boy name
1937 2,347 22 2,325 #85 boy name
1938 2,368 14 2,354 #85 boy name
1939 2,341 13 2,328 #86 boy name
1940 2,330 13 2,317 #89 boy name
1941 2,388 14 2,374 #93 boy name
1942 2,559 11 2,548 #93 boy name
1943 2,463 11 2,452
1944 2,160 7 2,153
1945 2,110 11 2,099
1946 2,345 7 2,338
1947 2,508 18 2,490
1948 2,394 13 2,381
1949 2,435 11 2,424
1950 2,445 14 2,431
1951 2,383 14 2,369
1952 2,386 8 2,378
1953 2,284 12 2,272
1954 2,152 12 2,140
1955 2,163 17 2,146
1956 2,051 13 2,038
1957 1,900 17 1,883
1958 1,948 10 1,938
1959 1,757 10 1,747
1960 1,665 19 1,646
1961 1,574 17 1,557
1962 1,555 15 1,540
1963 1,491 15 1,476
1964 1,499 16 1,483
1965 1,274 9 1,265
1966 1,322 13 1,309
1967 1,207 9 1,198
1968 1,205 8 1,197
1969 1,159 8 1,151
1970 1,232 10 1,222
1971 1,055 12 1,043
1972 1,042 16 1,026
1973 1,011 5 1,006
1974 980 7 973
1975 894 10 884
1976 942 16 926
1977 961 12 949
1978 937 12 925
1979 922 15 907
1980 917 14 903
1981 882 13 869
1982 879 6 873
1983 794 10 784
1984 804 7 797
1985 734 7 727
1986 696 9 687
1987 669 7 662
1988 675 0 675
1989 646 0 646
1990 595 0 595
1991 585 5 580
1992 596 5 591
1993 531 0 531
1994 544 0 544
1995 502 0 502
1996 473 0 473
1997 436 0 436
1998 460 0 460
1999 461 0 461
2000 456 0 456
2001 467 0 467
2002 471 0 471
2003 494 0 494
2004 462 0 462
2005 469 0 469
2006 515 0 515
2007 542 0 542
2008 548 0 548
2009 626 0 626
2010 669 0 669
2011 694 0 694
2012 859 0 859
2013 1,015 0 1,015
2014 1,077 0 1,077
2015 1,135 0 1,135
2016 1,308 0 1,308
2017 1,503 0 1,503

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Popularity of Leon as a first name

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Popularity of Leon as a last name

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Common last names for Leon

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Jackson
  • Thomas
  • Wilson
  • White
  • Harris
  • Moore
  • Lewis
  • Thompson
  • Clark
  • Robinson
  • Anderson
  • Martin

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Leon U.S.
  White 9.99% 64.26%
  African American 2.95% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.04% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.37% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.44% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 85.21% 16.26%

Of Last Name Leon

People with the last name Leon are most frequently Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Leon

  • What name lists does Leon rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Leon? Leon is the 432nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Leon was the 363rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Leon have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 166,429 babies born with the first name Leon in the United States. That's more than enough people named Leon to occupy the territory of Guam (USA) with an estimated population of 159,358 (as of April 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Leon? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 118 new born babies.
  • When was Leon first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Leon is Tuesday, January 12th, 1847.
  • What year had the most people named Leon born? The highest recorded use of the first name Leon was in 1924 with a total of 2,675 babies. That's a lot of babies named Leon!
  • Random Leon Factoid: According to the 1941 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Leon ranks 83rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, 162 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1941.
  • Weird things about the name Leon: Your name in reverse order is Noel. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Leon. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Leon? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 86,363 people with the last name Leon.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Leon? Leon was ranked as the 363rd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.