"young lion"

Lionel Origin and Meaning

The name Lionel is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "young lion".

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 such as gruff but loveable Lionel Hardcastle in the Judi Dench comedy As Time Goes By. Real life Australian 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.

This is a timeless choice worth considering.

# 494 in the US

Lionel Rank in US Top 1000

# 603 on Nameberry

Lionel Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Lionel Popularity

Famous People Named Lionel

  • Lionel Brockman RichieAmerican R&B singer,songwriter
  • Lionel Leo HamptonAmerican jazz musician
  • Lionel DotsonAmerican football player
  • Lionel Andrés Messi (Cuccittini)Argentine footballer
  • Lionel Herbert BarrymoreAmerican actor
  • Lionel JospinPrime Minister of France
  • Lionel Charles Hamilton PalairetEnglish cricketer
  • Lionel Eugene HollinsAmerican basketball player
  • Lionel BartBritish composer
  • Lionel George LogueAustralian speech therapist who treated King George VI; portrayed in movie "The King's Speech"
  • Lionel Edmund RoseAustralian boxer
  • Lionel of Antwerp1st Duke of Clarence, son of King Edward III of England
  • Lionel Charles JeffriesEnglish actor
  • Lionel Blair (born Henry Lionel Ogus)British actor and dancer
  • Lionel Frost Bowen6th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
  • Lionel Jay StanderAmerican actor
  • Lionel James "LTrain" Simmons, American basketball player
  • Lionel Thomas TaylorAmerican NFl football player
  • Lionel Allen SheldonU.S. Congressman and governor of New Mexico Territory

Lionel in Pop Culture

  • Sir Lionelknight of the Round Table in Arthurian legend
  • Lionel Hutzcharacter on TV's "The Simpsons"
  • Lionel Lockridgecharacter on American soap "Santa Barbara"
  • Lionel Skegginscharacter on New Zealand soap "Shortland Street"
  • "The Story of Lionel and Arabella" English fictional work of 1756
  • Lionel Luthorcharacter on TV's "Smallville"
  • Lionel Jeffersoncharacter on TV's "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons"
  • Professor Lionel Stokesayfictional archaeologist in "Anglo,Saxon Attitudes" (1956) by Angus Wilson
  • Lionel Fuscocharacter on TV's "Person of Interest"
  • Lionel Dresdencharacter in film "Because I Said So"
  • Lionel Vickarsmain character in G. A. Henty's "By England's Aid"
  • Lionel Bishopcharacter in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom
  • Lionellion character in Disney's "Dumbo's Circus"
  • Lionelbrand of toy trains
  • LionelWarhammer