According to zodiac lore, the sun entered the constellation of Leo the lion on July 23, meaning that babies born between then and August 22 are ruled by its brave, strong and imperious influence. Whether or not you buy into the idea of astrology, it’s a major part of our culture, well worth mining for name possibilities.
If you wanted to commemorate your Leo baby’s sun sign in his or her name, there are a few different ways you could go. The most literal one would be to pick a name that refers directly to Leo. Luckily, there are more than a few great choices, for both boys and girls, that do.
NAMES THAT INCLUDE “LEO“
Leo: The final “o” and a number of starbabies have conspired to make it a very trendy choice — so much so that it’s now Number 74 in the U.S..
Leonato: A Shakespearean version that’s still relatively undiscovered.
Leonidas: The name of a Spartan king became an unlikely hit thanks to hit 2006 movie 300.
Leonore: Another name with artistic ties, this time to Beethoven’s music.
Leopold: Used countless times by various European royal families.
If you wanted to be a bit more subtle about the zodiac connection, you could go for one of the many appealing names that mean lion in various languages.
NAMES THAT MEAN “LION“
Ari: One of the quintessential unisex names.
Guri: Hebrew for “little cub,” rarely heard here.
Lev: Being Tolstoy’s first name gives it major literary cred, would fit in with the trend for short boy names, used by actress Noomi Rapace.
Lionel: On the cusp of a comeback, now ranking at Number 579.
Othniel: An extremely rare pick from the Old Testament.
If you wanted to make the link between the name and the zodiac sign even more indirect, you could also pick one that relates to the constellation Leo — two of the stars in the constellation bear interesting names. The myth behind the constellation is fruitful ground as well; Leo is the terrifying Nemean lion that Hercules wrestled and killed in the first of his legendary labors.
NAMES RELATED TO THE SIGN OF LEO
Nemea: The name of the region in Greece that was home to the fabled lion.