Leo name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Origin and Meaning of Leo

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Alabama, U.S., the name Leo means "Leo: Spanish word for lion. Leo: August's astrological sign".
  2. A user from Virginia, U.S. says the name Leo is of Fiction origin and means "The zodiac sign and constellation, Leo the lion, and the boom character Leo son of Hephestus".
  3. A user from Utah, U.S. says the name Leo is of Egyptian origin and means "Leo is latin for lion".
  4. According to 18 people from all over the world, the name Leo is of Latin origin and means "Lion".
  5. A user from Georgia, U.S. says the name Leo is of English origin and means "Lion, lioness".
  6. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Leo is of Latin origin and means "Lion, of the Lion".
  7. A user from Massachusetts, U.S. says the name Leo is of Latin origin and means "Strong as lion".
  8. A user from Canada says the name Leo is of English origin and means "Happy".
  9. According to a user from Virginia, U.S., the name Leo is of Chinese origin and means "Brave and happy men".
  10. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Leo means "best".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ‖Le"o
  1. The Lion, the fifth sign of the zodiac, marked thus [♌] in almanacs.
  2. A northern constellation east of Cancer, containing the bright star Regulus at the end of the handle of the Sickle.

Etymology: L. See Lion

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The fifth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about July 23 to August 22
  2. A zodiacal constellation in northern hemisphere between Cancer and Virgo
  3. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Leo

From Latin leō (“lion”), from Ancient Greek λέων (léōn)

  1. A male given name from Latin, borne by numerous saints and 13 popes.
  2. (astronomy): A constellation of the zodiac, shaped approximately like a lion and containing the bright star Regulus.
  3. (astrology): The zodiac sign for the Lion, ruled by the Sun and covering July 23 - August 22 (tropical astrology) or August 16 - September 15 (sidereal astrology).
  4. A surname​.
  5. Someone with a Leo star sign

Leo was also found in the following language(s): Translingual, Danish, Dutch, Faroese, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Leo

Notable Persons Named Leo

Leo Tolstoy

His career lasted from 1852 to 1910. Leo was given the name Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy on September 9th, 1828 in Yasnaya Polyana. Leo is also known as Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy. He left this life on November 20th, 1910.

Leo X

Leo X was a pope. Leo was born on December 11th, 1475. He breathed his last breath on December 1st, 1521.

Lee J. Cobb

Lee J. Cobb was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1934 to 1976. Lee was given the name Leo Jacoby on December 8th, 1911 in The Bronx, New York City, U.S. He died on February 11th, 1976.

Leo Sayer

Leo Sayer is a musician. He plays Harmonica. He was most active from 1973 to present. Leo was given the name Gerard Hugh Sayer on May 21st, 1948 in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England, UK.

Leo Strauss

Leo Strauss was a philosopher. Leo was born on September 20th, 1899 in Kirchhain. He passed away on October 18th, 1973.

Leo Frank

Leo was given the name Leo Max Frank on April 17th, 1884 in Cuero, Texas. He breathed his last breath on August 17th, 1915.

  • Leo Ryan
  • Gallagher
  • Leo Gorcey
  • Leo I
  • Leo Fender
  • Leo Durocher
    Baseball Player
  • Leo McKern
  • Leo Szilard
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  • Leo III the Isaurian
  • Leo Kottke
  • Leo G. Carroll
  • Leo VI
  • Léo Delibes

Notable Persons With the Last Name Leo

Notable Persons With the Last Name Leo

Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1984. Melissa was given the name Melissa Chessington Leo on September 14th, 1960 in New York, U.S.


Leo is a singing, songwriter, actor, and singer. Leo was given the name Jung Taek-woon on November 10th, 1990 in Seoul.

Leonard A. Leo

Leonard A. Leo is a lawyer.

Daniel Leo

Daniel was born on January 16th, 1941.

Ted Leo

Ted Leo is a punk rock, hardcore punk, power pop, and indie rock musician. He has been prominent since 1989. Ted was given the name Theodore Francis Leo on September 11th, 1970 in South Bend, Indiana.

Uncle Leo

Uncle Leo is a fictional character.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Leo U.S.
  White 75.37% 64.26%
  African American 4.69% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 9.17% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.87% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.21% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 7.69% 16.26%

Of Last Name Leo

People with the last name Leo are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Leo

  • What name lists does Leo rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Leo? Leo is the 356th most popular name of all time. In 2019 Leo was the 40th most popular name. As a last name Leo was the 4,423rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Leo have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 214,341 babies born with the first name Leo in the United States. That's more than enough people named Leo to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Leo? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 153 new born babies.
  • When was Leo first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Leo is Sunday, June 16th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Leo born? The highest recorded use of the first name Leo was in 2019 with a total of 7,454 babies. That's a lot of babies named Leo!
  • Random Leo Factoid: According to the 1929 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Leo ranks 85th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Ohio. Imagine that, 88 babies in Ohio have the same name in 1929.
  • Weird things about the name Leo: The name spelled backwards is Oel. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Elo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Leo? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,039 people with the last name Leo.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Leo? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Leo as their last name.
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