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Quick Facts on Leon

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • French, Greek
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 325
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Leon

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Leon

Leon comes from the Greek “leon” (λεων) meaning ‘lion’. The Latin equivalent is Leo and they are considered interchangeable at this point. The name Leon has been common among Jewish people owing to Genesis 49:9 when, prior to his death, Jacob gathers his twelve sons for his final blessing and foretells their respective futures. To his fourth son Judah he said: “Judah is a lion’s cub; from the prey, my son, you have gone up.” The Kingdom of Judah became one of the two Jewish states (the other being the Kingdom of Israel) around the 10th century B.C. and is where the royal line of David ruled (the capital being Jerusalem). The lion therefore became an important symbol to the Jews. Aside from the Jewish connection, Leonidas I was a 5th century B.C. King of Sparta admired for his bravery and leadership, and believed to be descended from Hercules. The lion is a powerful and regal animal so it’s no wonder that many people of different languages have readily adopted this name. It is currently quite popular around the world (even if that can no longer be said for the United States). It’s a top name in Croatia, Austria, Norway, Slovenia and Sweden. It is also ranked high in Ireland, England and Scotland. France and Holland also embrace this name.

Popularity of the Name Leon

Leon has experienced remarkable popularity within the United States. The name has been on the male naming charts since at least the late 19th century (when the government first began tracking naming trends). Back at the turn of the 20th century, Leon was a Top 100 favorite. Not surprisingly, the ‘lion’ has universal appeal inside the melting pot that is America. By the 1950s, however, it was clear that Leon was on the decline. The name slowly dropped in popularity without much fuss. Today, the name Leon is experiencing his lowest point on the charts in over 100 years. This is now a lightly used name among American parents. What we find so cool about this name is its widespread usage among Jews, Christians, Agnostics, native English-speakers, African-Americans, Spanish-speaking folks (León) and the French (Léon, where the diminutive is Lionel). Not to mention the mighty and brave symbolism of its meaning (i.e., the lion). It’s for these reasons that we think Leon is just a really cool choice for a boy’s name.
Popularity of the Boy Name Leon
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Leon

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Leon

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Leon

    Leon We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Leon.

  • Popular Songs on Leon

    Popular Songs on Leon

    Leon - a song by Roger Daltrey

    Leon McDuff - a song by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    Leon Takes Us Outside - a song by David Bowie

    Neon Leon - a song by Sammy Kershaw

    Noel Leon - a song by George Strait

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Leon

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Leon

    Leon and Bob (James Simon) - Leon is new and town and doesn't know anyone until he makes friends with Bob. No one else can see Bob, but Leon knows he's there. Then, a new boy moves next door and Leon wants to make friends--but can he do it without Bob beside him? Booklist says: "Simple, elemental, yet full of heart, the story, remarkably, captures a character who isn't there and makes readers see him just as Leon does." Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Leon and the Champion Chip (Allen Kurzweil) - Leon's back. Having survived the sweatshop methods of Miss Hagmeyer, his needle-wielding fourth grade teacher at the Classical School, Leon braces himself for fifth grade. He arrives armed with a backpack full of pens and pencils, binders and notebooks . . . plus a rag doll that's the spitting image of Henry Lumpkin, the bully who has Leon in his sights. If the doll works the way it's supposed to, Leon (and his buddies P.W. and Lily-Matisse) won't have to worry about Lumpkin the Pumpkin! Better still, Leon has a fabulous new teacher, Mr. Sparks, who conducts science experiments using that most miraculous of research materials -- the potato chip. And a good thing, too. Mr. Sparks's lab work will come in handy when Leon is forced to take on Alphonse "The Chippopotamus" Cipollini at the annual Chipapalooza! Chip-Off. Once you've sunk your teeth into Leon and the Champion Chip, the hilarious sequel to Leon and the Spitting Image, you'll never eat potato chips the same way again! Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Leon and the Place Between (Angela McAllister) - Leon and his brothers and sister go to a magic show, but this is no ordinary show and Abdul Kazam is no ordinary magician. Take a journey right through the die-cut pages of this book into the Place Between, where magic becomes truly real. Angela McAllister has conjured a spellbinding story that unfolds in the mysterious world of Grahame Baker-Smith’s stunning illustrations. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Leon and the Spitting Image (Allen Kurzweil) - This book is about a hotel full of animals. And an evil ice maker. And glass eyeballs -- oh, and really old panty hose and Possibly Fake Hair. But mostly, it's about Leon Zeisel and his epic quest to survive fourth grade, despite his teacher, Miss Hagmeyer, and his archenemy, Lumpkin the Pumpkin, a human tank with a deadly dodgeball throw. Luckily, Leon has friends who will stand by him even if his magical plans for rescue and revenge involve ... SPIT! Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Leon Chameleon P.I. and the case of the missing canary eggs (Jan Hurst-Nicholson) - When Mrs Canary's eggs mysteriously disappear, a frantic Mr Canary dashes straight off to the Pigeon Valley Police for help. Unfortunately, Sergeant Loerie and Constable Mole's hasty attempts to make an arrest lead them to the wrong suspects. Leon Chameleon P.I., who has quietly kept an eye on developments, decides it is time to step in and offer his services — after all, isn't he the best Private Eye in Pigeon Valley? He puts all his skills to work and finds the vital clues which Loerie had overlooked. Now a daring plan is needed to trap the suspects and bring them before Spotted Eagle Owl's Court, where Leon springs his final surprise...Janet Hurst-Nicholson draws on the habits and characteristics of the small creatures living in Pigeon Valley, Durban, to create a thrilling detective story. Barbara McGuire's illustrations capture the story's humor, while portraying the animals as they really are. If you enjoyed reading about Leon’s first case, you may also enjoy his second case: Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the kidnapped mouse. Kindle. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Leon the Chameleon (Melanie Watt) - Leon the chameleon has a problem. When the other little chameleons turn green, yellow or blue -- he turns red, purple or orange! Leon doesn't turn the opposite color on purpose. He just can't help it. Being different makes Leon feel lonely. One day, the little chameleons go exploring and lose their way. As the parents anxiously search for their little ones, they suddenly spot a speck of color far off in the distance. It's Leon! And thanks to his brilliant hue, the little chameleons are rescued. This time, being different makes Leon feel proud! Leon the Chameleon is a charming story that also explores the basic elements of color. At the end of the book, a color wheel displays primary colors and their complementary hues. Recommended for ages 2-5.

    Leon The Lion (Leon Terrell Ash) - Ask a child what ice cream is and they will answer it with utmost confidence. Ask a child what potential is and they may waiver on a secure answer. Leon The Lion will teach all children what it means to have potential. Leon The Lion teaches children that they have potential. The author Leon Terrell Ash emphasizes through Leon The Lion that with potential the sky is the limit. Children enthusiastically follow along in the book as the big bright pictures tell a clear and simple story about the word, Potential. Leon The Lion believes everything can be done and anything can be achieved. Join Leon The Lion as he inspires and encourage the youth. Leon explains to his friend Krystal the Potential that she has and how it works. Join Leon The Lion on this journey. Leon The Lion's message is one word, Potential! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Leon's Story (Leon Walter Tillage) - Leon Tillage grew up the son of a sharecropper in a small town in North Carolina. Told in vignettes, this is his story about walking four miles to the school for black children, and watching a school bus full of white children go past. It's about his being forced to sit in the balcony at the movie theater, hiding all night when the Klansmen came riding, and worse. Much worse. But it is also the story of a strong family and the love that bound them together. And, finally, it's about working to change an oppressive existence by joining the civil rights movement. Edited from recorded interviews conducted by Susan L. Roth, Leon's story will stay with readers long after they have finished his powerful account. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel) (Ellen Raskin) - For the answers to many important questions, children should try this "story crammed with baffling word puzzles, a dozen zany characters, uproariously funny situations, and unmitigated slapstick."--The Horn Book. Illustrated. Recommended for ages 8-11.

  • Famous People Named Leon

    Famous People Named Leon

    Famous People Named Leon - Leon Trotsky (Russian Communist revolutionary); Leon Spinks (boxer); Leon Uris (novelist); Leon Bix Beiderbecke (jazz musician); Leon Day (baseball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Leon

    Children of Famous People Named Leon

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Leon - Marie Trintignant (French actress)

Personality of the Boy Name Leon

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Leon

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