Gender: Female Pronunciation: Lee-OH-nuh Meaning of Leona: "lioness" Origin of Leona: Latin Leona's Popularity in 2019: #511

Leona Origin and Meaning

The name Leona is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "lioness".

A Top 100 name from 1896 to 1921, Leona reached as high as Number 72. Since then, Leona had seemed to be one of the most unfashionable of the pride of lion names, but singer Leona Lewis has done a lot to rejuvenate it. Leona returned to the Top 1000 in 2009 after decades of being away.

A somewhat more sophisticated option is the French Leontine.

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Rank in US: #511

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Pop Culture References for the name Leona

Leonelle, Leowna, Leontyne, Leonice, Leonia, Leone, Leeowna, Leoine, Leeona, Leola, Leonarda, Leontine

Leona's International Variations

Léonne, Léonie, Léonette (French) Liona (Hawaiian) Lyonechika, Lyonya (Russian) Leonida (Italian) Leonita, Leonor (Spanish)


rdraczyck Says:


I don’t care for this name. My cousin just named her baby girl Leona. To each their own, but I think it is clunky and lacks the elegance of a lot of other pretty girl names. Also, all I can think of is Leona Lewis.

UKLeah Says:


A really harsh and ugly name.

laura_eva Says:


So pretty, and then the fierce lioness meaning makes me think of a beautiful but strong girl.

sablemae98 Says:


There's a small town in Wisconsin called Laona (lay-OH-nah) which I really like for a pronunciation. The Spanish pronunciation (of Leona) is similar.

paulapuddephatt Says:


This name is too associated with Leona Lewis. That isn't saying anything against her, but I prefer Leonie and other names, and can't be objective about a name that I can only imagine on one person. It's pretty enough, though. I can see why people like it.

actingfun Says:


I've loved this name since I was really little. It has such a pretty sound, and has lots of nostalgia connected to it :)

headintheclouds Says:


My favorite girl Leo- name is Leonie (lay-oh-nee; love this!), but Leona is a strong second! It just sounds very lively and energetic, while having a grounded and very classy sort of vibe. I'd imagine a Leona to be a sunshine-y cheerful person- the name reminds me of the sun :)

Chloe14 Says:


This is a really pretty name!

Caroline Says:


I saw a sweet little girl named Leona, so I love this!

Caroline Says:


I like it!! Lion Roar!!

faithnamer Says:


I kind of like this! It's a sweet sounding name :)