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Gender: M Meaning of Leo: "lion" Origin of Leo: Latin Leo's Popularity in 2013: #112

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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.

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 20 in both France (where it's pronounced LAY-o) and Sweden.

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Famous People Named Leo

Leo Howard, American actor
Leo Laporte, American broadcaster and author
Leo Ryan, California Congressman
Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer
Leo Gorcey, American actor (born Lev Tolstoy)
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

Pop Culture References for the Name Leo

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, Irish patriot in Seán Ó Faoláin's novel 'A Nest of Simple Folk' (1933)
Leo Biederman, from movie "Deep Impact" played by Elijah Wood
Leo Fitz, a character on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Leo Valdez, from the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
Leo Koenig, from the movie "Funny People"
Leo Francis Dooley, a character on the Disney XD show Lab Rats
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

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

Leo's International Variations

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