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Etymology & Historical Origin - Leonel
Leonel is the Spanish equivalent of Lionel, which is the French diminutive for Leon. Since Leon means “lion” in Greek, then Leonel would mean “young lion”. The name Leon has been common among Jewish people owing to Genesis 49:9 when, just prior to his death, Jacob gathered his twelve sons to give his final blessing and foretell 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. Leonel is probably considered one of the more modern forms of this name. It seems to be used with the most frequency in South America.
Popularity of the Name Leonel
Leonel first appeared on the U.S. male naming charts in 1939 but really didn’t stick to the charts until the mid-1960s. Even then the name was at low levels of usage. The traditional spelling of Lionel has been around a lot longer, but the Spanish version of Leonel is now the more popular spelling. The name has advanced up the charts to reach lower levels of moderate usage, which is probably where it will stay. We don’t expect it to venture too much farther up the graph. It seems that Leonel has been a name of choice within the Latino-American community. Given the name’s etymology of ‘young lion’, Leonel is both fierce and gentle.
Popularity of the Boy Name Leonel
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Leonel
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Leonel
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Popular Songs on Leonel
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Leonel
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Famous People Named Leonel
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Children of Famous People Named Leonel
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Leonel - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Boy Name Leonel
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Leonel