Lionel

First Name
30k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
195
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lionel

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Li"on*el
The whelp of a lioness; a young lion.

Etymology: OF., dim. of lion

Wiktionary

Middle English diminutive of French Léon, Latin Leo "lion", or of the Middle English nickname Lion.

  1. A male given name of mostly British usage.

Lionel was also found in the following language(s): French

Notable Persons Named Lionel

Lionel Messi is a soccer player for the FC Barcelona, Newell's Old Boys, FC Barcelona C, FC Barcelona B, Argentina national under-20 football team, Argentina national under-23 football team, and Argentina national football team. Lionel was born on June 24th, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina.

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Lionel Richie is a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was most active from 1968 to present. Lionel was given the name Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. on June 20th, 1949 in Tuskegee, Alabama, U.S.

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Lionel Barrymore was an actor. He was most prominent from 1893 to 1954. Lionel was given the name Lionel Herbert Blythe on April 28th, 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. He passed away on November 15th, 1954.

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Lionel Logue was a in the field of elocution. Lionel was born on February 26th, 1880 in College Town, Adelaide, South Australia. He breathed his last breath on April 12th, 1953.

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Lionel Shriver is a writer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 20 to 20. Lionel was given the name Margaret Ann Shriver on May 18th, 1957 in Gastonia, North Carolina, USA.

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Chinx was a hip hop music rapping. He has had major accomplishments since 2000. Chinx was given the name Lionel Pickens on December 4th, 1983 in Far Rockaway, Queens. Chinx is also known as Chinx Drugz. He left this life on May 17th, 2015.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Lionel

Johan Lionel is an athlete for the JS Saint-Pierroise.

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Lionel is an athlete for the Atlético Muçulmano da Matola.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 8 0 8
1882 5 0 5
1883 7 0 7
1884 6 0 6
1885 5 0 5
1886 11 0 11
1887 13 0 13
1888 9 0 9
1889 9 0 9
1890 14 0 14
1891 17 0 17
1892 9 0 9
1893 19 0 19
1894 20 0 20
1895 19 0 19
1896 20 0 20
1897 19 0 19
1898 21 0 21
1899 18 0 18
1900 26 0 26
1901 20 0 20
1902 19 0 19
1903 30 0 30
1904 20 0 20
1905 25 0 25
1906 27 0 27
1907 30 0 30
1908 30 0 30
1909 34 0 34
1910 33 0 33
1911 74 0 74
1912 119 0 119
1913 129 0 129
1914 169 0 169
1915 224 0 224
1916 205 0 205
1917 255 0 255
1918 266 0 266
1919 253 0 253
1920 273 0 273
1921 338 5 333
1922 302 0 302
1923 329 0 329
1924 325 0 325
1925 308 0 308
1926 294 0 294
1927 319 0 319
1928 297 0 297
1929 265 0 265
1930 281 0 281
1931 295 5 290
1932 311 0 311
1933 322 0 322
1934 334 0 334
1935 282 0 282
1936 291 0 291
1937 247 0 247
1938 280 0 280
1939 278 0 278
1940 260 0 260
1941 286 0 286
1942 275 0 275
1943 284 0 284
1944 303 0 303
1945 306 0 306
1946 329 0 329
1947 349 0 349
1948 339 0 339
1949 336 0 336
1950 364 0 364
1951 340 0 340
1952 339 0 339
1953 387 0 387
1954 356 0 356
1955 326 0 326
1956 407 0 407
1957 336 0 336
1958 367 5 362
1959 414 0 414
1960 464 0 464
1961 420 0 420
1962 407 0 407
1963 384 0 384
1964 368 0 368
1965 291 0 291
1966 292 0 292
1967 292 0 292
1968 266 0 266
1969 283 0 283
1970 239 0 239
1971 261 0 261
1972 215 0 215
1973 239 0 239
1974 212 0 212
1975 252 0 252
1976 266 0 266
1977 252 0 252
1978 249 0 249
1979 243 0 243
1980 304 0 304
1981 300 9 291
1982 354 0 354
1983 426 5 421
1984 447 5 442
1985 407 5 402
1986 332 5 327
1987 310 0 310
1988 250 0 250
1989 266 0 266
1990 231 0 231
1991 204 0 204
1992 191 0 191
1993 204 0 204
1994 160 0 160
1995 169 0 169
1996 130 0 130
1997 121 0 121
1998 157 0 157
1999 136 0 136
2000 148 0 148
2001 154 0 154
2002 122 0 122
2003 128 0 128
2004 122 0 122
2005 144 0 144
2006 137 0 137
2007 151 0 151
2008 161 0 161
2009 173 0 173
2010 228 0 228
2011 282 0 282
2012 275 0 275
2013 317 0 317
2014 388 0 388
2015 405 0 405
2016 474 0 474

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Popularity of Lionel as a first name

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Popularity of Lionel as a last name

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Common last names for Lionel

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Martin
  • Davis
  • Brown
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • Roy
  • Lewis
  • Landry
  • Thompson
  • Cote

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lionel U.S.
  White 22.56% 64.26%
  African American 58.97% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 9.23% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.64% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lionel

People with the last name Lionel are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Lionel

  • How Popular is the name Lionel? Lionel is the 1,364th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lionel was the 93,921st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lionel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 29,714 babies born with the first name Lionel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lionel to occupy the territory of Gibraltar (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 29,441 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lionel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Lionel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lionel is Wednesday, November 29th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Lionel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lionel was in 2016 with a total of 474 babies.
  • Random Lionel Factoid: According to the 1935 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lionel ranks 61st in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Hampshire. Imagine that, 10 babies in New Hampshire have the same name as you in 1935.
  • Weird things about the name Lionel: Your name in reverse order is Lenoil. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Enillo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lionel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 195 people with the last name Lionel.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lionel? Lionel is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • 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)
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