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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lyon

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  1. A city in east-central France on the Rhone River; a principal producer of silk and rayon
  1. Alternative spelling of Lyons
  2. A surname​.
  3. A river in Scotland, tributary to the Tay.

Lyon was also found in the following language(s): French, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish

Notable Persons Named Lyon

Lorne Greene was an actor/singer. He was most active from 1941 to 1941. Lorne was given the name Lyon Himan Green on February 12th, 1915 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He breathed his last breath on September 11th, 1987.


L. Sprague de Camp was a science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, historical fiction, and history writer. He was most active from 1937 to 1996. L. was given the name Lyon Sprague de Camp on November 27th, 1907 in New York City, U.S. He died on November 6th, 2000.


Lyon Gardiner Tyler was an office holder. Lyon was born on August 24th, 1853 in Charles City County, Virginia. He left this life on February 12th, 1935.


Lyon was born on May 11th, 1868 in Budwitcher, Poland. He breathed his last breath in 1937.



Claude Bettinger was a in the fields of sculptor, stained glass artist, educator, and sculpture. Claude was given the name Lyon in 1942. He passed away in 1998.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Lyon

Sue Lyon is an actress. She was most prominent from 1959 to 1986. Sue was given the name Suellyn Lyon on July 10th, 1946 in Davenport, Iowa, U.S.




Ignacia Allamand is an actress and actor. Her career lasted from 10 to 10. Ignacia was given the name María Ignacia Allamand Lyon on August 29th, 1981 in Santiago,.




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Popularity of Lyon as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lyon U.S.
  White 91.83% 64.26%
  African American 2.99% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.73% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.48% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.59% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.38% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lyon

People with the last name Lyon are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Lyon

  • How Popular is the name Lyon? Lyon is the 16,648th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lyon was the 1,271st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lyon have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 482 babies born with the first name Lyon in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lyon to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lyon? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1947 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Lyon first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lyon is Thursday, December 20th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Lyon born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lyon was in 2015 with a total of 43 babies.
  • Random Lyon Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lyon is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 7 babies in California have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Lyon: Your name in reverse order is Noyl. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nylo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lyon? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 27,690 people with the last name Lyon.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lyon? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 9 of them will have Lyon as their last name.

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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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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