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Leon Name Meaning
Spanish (León): habitational name from León, a city in northwestern Spain, named with Latin legio, genitive legionis ‘legion’, a division of the Roman army. In Roman times the city was the garrison of the 7th Legion, known as the Legio Gemina. The city’s name became reduced from Legion(em) to Leon(em), and in this form developed an unetymological association with the word for ‘lion’, Spanish león.Spanish: from the personal name León, from Greek leon ‘lion’ (see Lyon 2). Leon is also found as a Greek family name.Spanish: nickname for a fierce or brave warrior, from león ‘lion’.French (Léon) and English: variant of Lyon.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Leon Families

  • Number of Leon families
     138 - 273
     47 - 137
     1 - 46
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Leon families
     64 - 126
     22 - 63
     1 - 21
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Leon families
     2 - 1
     2 - 1
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Leon Family Origin

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Leon Immigration Information

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Leon Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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