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Gender: M Meaning of Leo: "lion" Origin of Leo: Latin Leo's Popularity in 2015: #91

Leo is a strong-yet-friendly name that was common among the Romans, used for thirteen popes, and is now on the upswing partly thanks to Leonardo "Leo" DiCaprio. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem called their son Leo, as did actress Kim Raver, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon and Kristin Olson. At Number 91, it's more popular than it's been at any point since FDR's first term in office.

Leo has a lot of elements going for it: its leonine associations suggest strength of character and physique, its zodiac reference appeals to New Agers, and its 'o' ending gives it added energy.

Famous Leos of the past include Pope Leo the Great and twelve other popes, a number of early saints, and Leo Tolstoy, as well as Dead End Kid Gorcey, colorful baseball manager Durocher, influential gallerist Castelli and the leonine MGM icon. There have been Leos seen on everything from The West Wing to Charmed to Grey's Anatomy to Seinfeld"

Leo is on an international roll--it is currently in the Top 5 in France (where it's pronounced LAY-o), Number 2 in Finland, and in the Top 25 in England and Wales, Scotland and Sweden.

Famous People Named Leo

Leo Howard, American actor
Leo Laporte, American broadcaster and author
Leo Ryan, California Congressman
Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer (born Lev Tolstoy)
Leo Gorcey, American actor
Leo Melamed, former chairman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Leonardo "Leo" DiCaprio, American actor and producer
Leonardo "Leo" Encinas Cruz, son of actor Javier Bardem and actress Penelope Cruz
Leo Szilard, Hungarian-American physicist and inventor
Leo, stage name of Jung Taekwoon of KPOP Boyband VIXX
Lionel "Leo" Messi, FC Barcelona and Argentina National Team Soccer Player

Pop Culture References for the name Leo

Leo Valdez, from Rick Riordan's "Heroes of Olympus" book series
Uncle Leo, Jerry's Uncle on 'Seinfeld'
Leo Wyatt - Charmed
Leo, a Zodiac sign
Leo McGarry, fictional character on the television serial drama The West Wing
Leo Foxe-Donnell, character in the novel 'A Nest of Simple Folk'
Leo Plumb, character in novel "The Nest"
Leo Biederman, from movie "Deep Impact" played by Elijah Wood
Leopold "Leo" Fitz, a character on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Leo Koenig, from the movie "Funny People"
Leo Francis Dooley, a character on the Disney XD show Lab Rats
Leo Fitzgerald, character in The Willow Falls series by Wendy Mass
Leo Borlock, character in Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl
Leo, character portrayed by Tommy Chong on That '70s Show
Leo the Lion, 'Loke,' a celestial spirit in the manga/anime, 'Fairy Tail'
Leo Hendrie, from Chasing Life
Leo Roth, character on the Red Band Society played by Charlie Rowe
Leo Spitz, character from the movie "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
Leo Castellano, The Mindy Project (Mindy and Danny's son)
Leo Callisto, Father in the Disney Jr cartoon series "Miles from Tomorrowland"
Leo, from the video game Fire Emblem: Fates.

Léo, Lee, Leib, Leibel, Leon, Leoncio, Leond, Leontios, Lion, Liutas, Lyon

Leo's International Variations

Leão, Leão (Portuguese) Léo (French) Leone, Leonello, Leonzio (Italian) Lev (Russian) Leos (Slavic) Lio (Hawaiian)