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  1. #11
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    Jul 2012
    Northern Virginia/DC metro area
    I've always sort of liked the nn Leo on a girl. The name feels like it can be feminine to me (in the same vein as Hero, Juno, etc.) I would use it as an nn for Leora/Liora rather than Cleopatra though. I like the suggestions of Leona and Cleo, too.
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  2. #13
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    Feb 2010
    I love it!!

  3. #15
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    I also like Cleo better than Leo on a little girl.

    I will say, several years ago I answered the phone at work and spoke with a woman named Cleopatra. I actually had her repeat/spell it because I was sure I heard her wrong the first time! It was just very surprising. The name has a pretty sound to it, and Cleo/Leo, cute yes, but just be prepared for the occasional raised eyebrow.

  4. #17
    Join Date
    May 2012
    east of the sun, west of the moon
    I think Leo as a nn is fine. I don't mind boy nicknames on girls. I love Cleo/Clio and prefer that to Leo. There's Leocadia if you want some other ways to get to Leo. My boyfriend is in love with Leocadia right now.
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  5. #19
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    Apr 2010
    Cleopatra is a ONE WOMAN name in my opinion (eg. Madonna, Cher, Oprah). She wasn't exactly an admirable person, was she? She did meet a tragic end by suicide. Cleo, Leonie or Leona with the nn Leo would be more user friendly choices.
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