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Fierce Names That Mean Lion

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Baby names that mean lion are among the most appealing of all the trendy new names with animal meanings. The reason has everything to do with the lion's majesty and ferocity as king of the beasts.

Names with lion meanings are particularly appropriate for babies born under the sign of Leo, which runs from late July until late August. Leonine names might also fit a child with tawny golden skin or hair, or one who simply has a loud roar!

The names on this list may literally mean lion, like Lionel, or may relate to famous lions such as Nala, or might have a more figurative relationship with lions, such as Daniel who in the Bible entered the lion's den.

If you're looking for a name with a lion-related meaning for your baby boy or baby girl, this list includes a wide-ranging selection.

  • Amandla

    The name Amandla is a girl's name meaning "power". A mighty lion in sheep's clothing. Though Amandla looks, to the untrained eye, like a variant of milquetoast Amanda, it actually derives from... Read More 

  • Ariel

    The name Ariel is a unisex name of Hebrew origin meaning "lion of God". Ariel is a biblical name, seen there as the messenger of Ezra, and also used as a symbolic name for the city of Jerusalem,... Read More 

  • Ariella

    The name Ariella is a girl's name meaning "lion of God". This variation of Ariel, with the extra-feminine suffix, has been on the rise in recent years. It entered the Top 1000 in 2008.Read More 

  • Aryeh

    The name Aryeh is a boy's name meaning "lion". Aryeh, which can also be spelled Arye or Arieh, is a Biblical name sometimes heard in modern Israel. In the US, this is the most popular spelling by... Read More 

  • Aslan

    The name Aslan is a boy's name meaning "lion". Aslan, derived from the Old Turkic for "lion," is best known in the West as the name of the heroic lion in C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia"... Read More 

  • Berengaria

    The name Berengaria is a girl's name meaning "bear spear". Berengaria was one of the medieval queens of England - married to Richard I (also known as Richard the Lionheart). She was originally... Read More 

  • Celia

    The name Celia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "heavenly". Celia, splendidly sleek and feminine, is a name that was scattered throughout Shakespeare and other Elizabethan literature, but... Read More 

  • Charles

    The name Charles is a boy's name of German, French origin meaning "free man". Charles was derived from the Germanic name Karl, which came from the word karlaz, meaning “free man.” The... Read More 

  • Cliodhna

    The name Cliodhna is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "shapely". Cliodhna and its phonetic form Cliona are both well-used in modern Ireland though they are ancient mythological names. The... Read More 

  • Cliona

    The name Cliona is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "shapely". Attached in Irish mythology to a Cliona who was, among other things, an inspirer of poets. Cliona is well-used in modern... Read More 

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