By E. Wittig
Leo baby names must suit a child who is destined to be charismatic, self-assured, fun, and adventurous. Leo people, born from July 23rd to August 22nd, don’t like to be bored or end up in second place. Along with the emblematic lion, Leo sign is symbolized by fire, the sun, and the colors gold, red, and yellow, all good inspirations for names for your Leo baby.
Corona – Leo is ruled by the sun, whose Latin name is Sol, a good name for a Leo baby. Corona, Latin for “crown”, is a plasma aura around the sun. Rayleigh scattering is a process in which particles scatter rays of light and the Parker Spiral is the shape of the sun’s magnetic fields. On a related note, Isaac Newton, Giovanni Cassini, Jules Janssen, Cecilia Payne, and Henrietta Swan Leavitt are scientists who made important discoveries regarding the sun.
Cyrus – The sun is hugely important to many cultures, as evidenced by the multitude of names and lore attached to it. Cyrus, Samson, Ravi, and Helios mean “sun” and Zoran is “light of dawn.” Aurora and Oriana are Latin for “dawn;” the Italian version is Alba. Solar symbols that work as modern baby names include Lotus, Rosette, and Chrysanthemum in the flower category, birds Phoenix and Swan, and minerals Bronze, Topaz, and Ruby.
Osiris – Egyptian mythology relies more heavily on the sun than any other ancient culture. Gods Khepri, Horus, Ra, and Osiris all represent different aspects of the heavenly body. Other sun deities are the Norse light god Balder, who features in a solar eclipse origin myth, and Apollo, who is said to pull the sun across the sky in his chariot.
Peridot – The green Peridot is the Egyptian “gem of the sun” and Leo’s birthstone; peridot is known in Hawai’ian mythology as the tears of the fire goddess Pele. Sunflower and Marigold are Leo’s flowers. The lion’s colors are fiery red and the rich golden yellow of the sun; unsurprisingly, gold is also Leo’s representative metal. Gold names include Aurelia, Sona, Vanna, Jin, and Paz; Chrysanta and Millaray mean “golden flower” and Orville is “gold town.”
Simba – Simba means “lion” and is the name of the beloved main character of Disney’s The Lion King. The new version of the movie might add some weight to Simba‘s image. Other names from The Lion King worth considering include Azizi, Kamari, Nala, Sarabi, and Shenzi.
Summer – Leo, the second of summer’s three signs, has the strongest ties to the season. Sorley and Somerled both mean “summer traveller” and Natsu is a Japanese name meaning “born in summer.” And of course any of the variations of July and August, from Juliet to Julian to August itself, work as names for Leo babies.
Tybalt – Courage and Bravery are good word names for the bold and confident Leo child; Tybalt, Archibald, and Brava mean “brave” or “bold.” The lion is also fun, charismatic, and a bit of a show-off, so upbeat names like Allegra, “lively tempo,” Lalita, “charming, playful,” and Alair, “cheerful” fit nicely as well.
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E. Willig has written pieces for Nameberry detailing baby names appropriate for every astrological sign.