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

The name Napoleon is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "lion of the new city". Napoleon and is often added to lists like Movie Character Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "This or That? Boys with middles".

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

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Famous People Named Napoleon

Napoleon I (Napoleon Bonaparte, born Napoleone di Buonaparte), Emperor of France
Napoléon II (Napoléon François Charles Joseph Bonaparte), Emperor of France
Napoléon II (Charles-Louis Napoléon Bonaparte), Emperor of France
Napoleon Buddy D'umo, American choreographer
Napoleon "Nip" Kaufman, American NFL football player
Napoleon Hill, American self-help author
Napoleon Zervas, Greek WWII general and resistance leader
(Napoleon Stanisław Adam Feliks) Zygmunt Krasiński, Polish Romantic poet

Pop Culture References for the name Napoleon

Napoleon, the dictator pig in George Orwell's "Animal Farm"
"Napoleon Dynamite," movie and main character
Napoleon Solo, main character on TV's "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
Napoleon Maxwell "Sock" Sowachowski, main character in Erica Wester's 2013 short film "Welcome to Hell".
Napoleon, lead character in the 1972 Disney film "Napoleon and Samantha"
Napoleon Pettipon from "The Sin of Monsieur Pettipon" By Richard Connell.

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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.