Gender: Male Meaning of Napoleon: "lion of the new city" Origin of Napoleon: Greek

Napoleon Origin and Meaning

The name Napoleon is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "lion of the new city".

Overly ambitious choice, recently borne by the hapless hero of cult movie hit Napoleon Dynamite.

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Leolee936 Says:


As many people have pointed out, this would not be a great name, especially for a child. I adore it, though could never burden a child with it. Though, as an artist/animator, if I'm ever given the chance to be the executive producer of a show, I would fight tooth and nail to have this be the main character's name.

I can say that, in some cases, it can function as a good middle, though it won't sound right with all names. The first thing I'd recommend when using this as a middle is to make sure no other names (first or last) end in an "N". An 'Orion Napoleon' sounds off compared to a 'Travis Napoleon'. While 'Eduard Napoleon' is fine by itself, 'Eduard Napoleon Anderson' just sounds off.

Another thing to avoid would probably be first names that exceed two syllables. A 'Sebastian Napoleon' defeats the purpose of the "shocking middle name". Though Sebastian by itself is rather unremarkable, its length somehow cancels out the effect this one is supposed to have. Long surnames can also have this effect, but that's sadly out of your control.

This is just my opinion obviously and by no means some strict naming guide Lol. I'm certain you could pull just about anything off.

Daybreak87 Says:


Cool name, but I wouldn't recommend naming your son this. It's a bit out there and it's heavy for a person to carry their whole life.

George Jones Says:


What's with all the royalists in the comment section?

ebanobre Says:


I think that the etymology is not right. I always heard that the etymologies must be very similar and have a appropiate meaning. For me the most possible etymology of Napoleon, Napoleone in italian derives from Apollone the latin name of the god Apollo. Corsica had an old greek colony. "Ne apollone" (Some Apollo) could derive in Napolleone.
Thank you.

alyssum Says:


I could never, ever see myself using this name, because Napoleon Bonaparte. And yet I'm kind of tempted by it, because Napoleon Solo.

lizway Says:


Not a terrible name, but a lot to handle for a young child.

EricaW83 Says:


A name is not evil, the individual is evil.

JazzieJonez Says:


The name of my beautiful guitar :-)

Guest Says:


Met a Napoleon about two minutes ago. I did a triple take

raevynstar Says:


I know my history, and I've read Animal Farm, so what I say about this name is...
....Please don't use it. If you really like history, use a classic...those are always historic. And if you like the book, than a decent boys' name from it is Benjamin! I don't even like Benjamin, but it's way better than THIS.