March is here and, depending on where you live, it has probably come in like a lion.Â But hopefully will go out like a lamb.
So, if youâre expecting a March baby, how about considering a leonine or ovine choice.
There are dozens of lion-related names, including these that are the most obvious:
Leoâthe most lionesque of all, rising in popularity since Leonardo Di Caprioâs nickname became universally used.
Leonâthe top name in Germany, and slowly making a return here; a Brangelina offspring middle name
Leona–has recently been rejuvinated via singer Leona Lewis.
Â Leonardâstill stuck in Grandparental mode
Leonardoâone of the hottest of the romantic Latin names, with cultural references from DaVinci to Di Caprio; chosen by megastar couple Penelope Cruz & Javier Barden
LĂ©onieâsleek Gallic female version, recently picked by Monica Bellucci & Vincent Cassel
Leonoraâmellifluous Italianate name that appears as a major character in not one but three opera.Â Lenore is a streamlined version.
Leontyneâeven more operatic than Leonora, via association with diva Leontyne Price.
Some other lion-related girlsâ names:
Arielâmeaning âlion of God, with ties to both Shakespeare and Disney; also Arielle and Ariella
And some more for boys:
Ariâthe short form of Ariel, which is unisex in Israel
LeanderâGreek mythological name that could make an interesting alternative to Alexander; Leandro is the Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form
Lev- Short, strong Hebrew and Russian name meaning âlion,â used by Candace Cameron for her son
LionelâFrench for âlittle lionâ; an Arthurian Knight of the Round Table
LlewellynâCommonly heard in its native Wales, where short-form Llew is used independently
SimbaâSwahili name meaning lion (and adapted by Disney)
Plus someÂ others related to lion characters, real and fictional, such as Nala, Elsa, and Aslan.
There are far fewer names related to the gentler lamb:
AgnesâThough it means âpure,â Agnes was influenced by the Latin word for lamb, agnus.
NessaâPet form of Agnes
Oonagh, Oona, UnaâIrish name meaning lamb
RachelâHebrew name meaning âeweâ