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Gender: M Meaning of Leon: "lion" Origin of Leon: Greek variation of Leo Leon's Popularity in 2013: #325

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Leon is one of the leonine names that is extremely hot in Europe right now--it's Number 16 in Austria, Number 33 in Sweden, 25 in Norway and Number 56 in Scotland. And though it peaked here in the 1920s, it is slowly making its way back, now at Number 325, and it could climb further with parents wanting a more serious and studious alternative to Leo.

Russian Marxist Revolutionary Lev Davidovich Bronstein is known to history as Leon Trotsky, Leon (LAY-on) has been the name of three French prime ministers and was recently in the news via then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; Leon Russell (born Claude) is a respected singer-songrwriter-- and Brad and Angelina did use Leon for their twin son Knox's middle name.

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Famous People Named Leon

Leon Leonwood Bean, founder of L.L. Bean
Leon Battista Alberti, Italian Renaissance man
Leon "Kix" Brooks, American singer
Leon Trotsky (born Lev Davidovich Bronstein), Russian revolutionary
Leon Frierson, American actor/comedian
Leon Hall, American football player
Leon Panetta, former U.S. Secretary of Defense
Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt, son of actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Leon Preston Robinson IV, American actor
Leon Spinks, American boxer
Leon Thomas, American actor
Leon Washington, American football player
Leon Williams, American football player
Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges), American musician
Leon Brittan, former English MP
Leon Frank Sylvers III, American singer-songwriter

Pop Culture References for the Name Leon

Kings of Leon, American Rock Band
Leon Black, character played by JB Smoove on "The Larry David Show"
Leon Scott Kennedy, main character in the Resident Evil series
Leon Vance, a character on TV's "NCIS"
Leon, character in movie "Eloise at the Plaza"
Leon, character in The Fast and the Furious series
"Leon: The Professional," 1994 movie
Sir Leon, knight in Arthurian legends
Leon Grey, main character in the series "Birthmarked" by Caragh M. O'Brien
Leon, Reborn's pet chameleon in the manga and anime, 'Katekyo Hitman Reborn!'
Leon Phelps, The Ladies Man, character played by Tim Meadows on TV's "Saturday Night Live" and in a 2000 movie
Leon, a former dragon priest and eligible bachelor in the 3DS game Rune Factory 4

Leonas, Leondris, Leonek, Leonetti, Leoni, Leonidas, Leonirez, Leonizio, Leonon, Leons, Leontes, Leontios, Leontrae, Lioni, Lionisio, Lionni, Liutas

Leon's International Variations

Léonce, Léon (French) Leo (German) Leonzio, Leone (Italian) Leonid (Russian) Leonti, Leos (Slavic) Leoncio (Spanish)