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Gender: M Meaning of Lionel: "young lion" Origin of Lionel: Latin Lionel's Popularity in 2013: #733

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Lionel is one leonine name that hasn't taken off as cousins Leo and Leonardo have, though it did reenter the Top 1000 in 2010 after several years away; it was at its highest point in the 1920s and 1930s.

This French diminutive of Leon has had many worthy namesakes over time, including Sir Lionel, a Knight of the Round Table, actor Barrymore, critic Trilling, musicians Hampton and Richie, Argentine Olympic footballer Messi, and characters in numerous movies and TV shows--the real life speech therapist Lionel Logue was portrayed in The King's Speech.

Lionel Barrymore, of the famed theatrical family, was a mainstay of Golden Age Hollywood films, and kids might like the association to Lionel trains.

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Famous People Named Lionel

Lionel Richie, American musician
Lionel Hampton, American musician
Lionel Dotson, American football player
Lionel Messi, Argentine soccer player, considered to be the best player alive today
Lionel Barrymore, American actor
Lionel George Logue, an Australian speech therapist and stage actor who successfully treated King George VI
Lionel Rose, Australian boxer

Pop Culture References for the Name Lionel

"The Story of Lionel and Arabella" was a fictional work published in London in 1756.
Lionel Luthor, character on TV's "Smallville"
Lionel Logue, speech therapist in "The King's Speech"
Lionel Jefferson, character on "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons"
Professor Lionel Stokesay, fictional archaeologist in "Anglo-Saxon Attitudes" (1956) by Angus Wilson

Lional, Lionell, Lionell, Lionnell, Lionnello, Lyinell, Lynel, Lynnell, Lyonel, Lyonel, Lyonelo, Lyonnel, Lyonnell, Lyonnello

Lionel's International Variations

Lyonell, Leonello, Leonila, Linnellio, Lionello, Lionellu, Lionnel, Lyonell (French) Leonel (Spanish)