Napoleon name meaning

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

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Napoleon mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Napoleon

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from California, U.S., the name Napoleon means "(Italian) One came from Neapolis (New city) in Italy; descendent of Napoleon (Lion of forest)".
  2. A submission from Ethiopia says the name Napoleon means "The Lion of the New City" and is of Greek origin.
  3. According to a user from Maryland, U.S., the name Napoleon is of Italian origin and means "Lion of the field".
  4. A submission from Philippines says the name Napoleon means "Military Commander".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
Napoleon Bonaparte (or Buonaparte), Born at Ajaccio, Corsica, Aug. 15, 1766, or, according to some, at Corte, Jan. 7, 1768; died at Longwood, St. Helena, May 5, 1821. Emperor of the French 1804-14.
noun Na*po"le*on
  1. A French gold coin of twenty francs, no longer minted or circulated. It bore the portrait of Napoleon I. or Napoleon III.
  2. [Card Playing]
    1. A game in which each player holds five cards, the eldest hand stating the number of tricks he will bid to take, any subsequent player having the right to overbid him or a previous bidder, the highest bidder naming the trump and winning a number of points equal to his bid if he makes so many tricks, or losing the same number of points if he fails to make them.
    2. A bid to take five tricks at napoleon. It is ordinarily the highest bid; but sometimes bids are allowed of wellington, or of blucher, to take five tricks, or pay double, or treble, if unsuccessful.
  3. A Napoleon gun.
  4. A kind of top boot of the middle of the 19th century.
  5. A shape and size of cigar. It is about seven inches long.
  6. a puff pastry confection, usually layered, with a filling of custard or cream, or sometimes jelly.

Etymology: From the Emperor Napoleon 1

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A card game similar to whist; usually played for stakes
  2. A rectangular piece of pastry with thin flaky layers and filled with custard cream
  3. French general who became emperor of the French (1769-1821)

From French Napoléon, from Italian Napoleone, name of an early saint, of uncertain origin; possibly from the Germanic clan name Nibelung. By folk etymology explained as Napoli (“Naples”) + leone (“lion”).

  1. Napoleon Bonaparte.
  2. A male given name from Italian sometimes given in honor of the French emperor.
  3. A city, the county seat of Henry County, Ohio.
  4. A census-designated place in Michigan.
  5. A city, the county seat of Logan County, North Dakota.
  6. A town in Indiana.
  7. A city in Missouri.
  8. A village in Silesia, Poland.
  9. An unincorporated community in Kentucky.
  10. An unincorporated community in Mississippi.
  11. A ghost town in Arkansas.
  12. Alternative form of napoleon

Napoleon was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano, Czech, Dutch, Faroese, and German

Notable Persons Named Napoleon

Notable Persons Named Napoleon


Napoleon was royalty. He was most prominent from 1804 to 1814. Napoleon was born as the child of Carlo Buonaparte and Letizia Ramolino on August 15th, 1769 in Ajaccio, Corsica, France. He passed away on May 5th, 1821.

Napoleon III

Napoleon III was royalty. He was most prominent from 1852 to 1852. Napoleon was born as the child of Louis Bonaparte and Hortense de Beauharnais on April 20th, 1808 in Paris. He died on January 9th, 1873.

Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill was a non-fiction and self-help author, journalist, sales, and lecturer. His career lasted from 1928 to 1970. Napoleon was born on October 26th, 1883 in Pound, Virginia. He left this life on November 8th, 1970.

Napoleon II

Napoleon II was royalty. He was most active from 1814 to 1814. Napoleon was born as the child of Napoleon, Marie Louise, and Duchess of Parma on March 20th, 1811 in Tuileries Palace. He died on July 22nd, 1832.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo is a fictional character.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte is an elba. Their military service ended in 1815.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Napoleon

Notable Persons With the Last Name Napoleon


Napoleon was royalty. He was most prominent from 1804 to 1814. Napoleon was born as the child of Carlo Buonaparte and Letizia Ramolino on August 15th, 1769 in Ajaccio, Corsica, France. He passed away on May 5th, 1821.

Charles Napoléon

Charles Napoléon is royalty. He holds the title Prince Napoléon. His ongoing career started in 1997. Charles was born as the child of Louis, Prince Napoléon, Alix, and Princess Napoléon on October 19th, 1950 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.

Jose Maria Napoleon

Jose Maria Napoleon is a latin pop singing and songwriter. He plays Piano, Guitar, and Vocals. His ongoing career started in 1970. Jose was given the name José María Napoleón Ruiz Narváez on August 18th, 1948.

Benny N. Napoleon

Benny N. Napoleon is a Sheriff of Wayne County and Michigan. Benny was born in 1952 in Detroit.

Randy Napoleon

Randy Napoleon is a jazz musician. He plays Guitar. Randy was born on May 30th, 1978 in Brooklyn.

Marty Napoleon

Marty Napoleon was a jazz musician. Marty was born on June 2nd, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He left this life on April 27th, 2015.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Napoleon U.S.
  White 31.67% 64.26%
  African American 42.91% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 5.72% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 3.05% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 7.51% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 9.15% 16.26%

Of Last Name Napoleon

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

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Fun Facts about the name Napoleon

  • How Popular is the name Napoleon? Napoleon is the 3,013th most popular name of all time. As a last name Napoleon was the 11,928th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Napoleon have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 7,725 babies born with the first name Napoleon in the United States. That's more than enough people named Napoleon to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Napoleon? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 31 new born babies.
  • When was Napoleon first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Napoleon is Monday, December 23rd, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Napoleon born? The highest recorded use of the first name Napoleon was in 1926 with a total of 122 babies.
  • Random Napoleon Factoid: According to the 1931 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Napoleon is not a popular baby boy's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Georgia have the same name in 1931.
  • Weird things about the name Napoleon: The name spelled backwards is Noelopan. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Nnpolaoe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Napoleon? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,624 people with the last name Napoleon.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Napoleon? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Napoleon as their last name since less than 1 person in 112k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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