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Middle English diminutive of French Léon, Latin Leo "lion", or of the Middle English nickname Lion. [1]

Proper nounEdit


  1. A male given name of mostly British usage.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, (please specify the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals)]:
      , Scene IV
      His grandfather was Lionel, Duke of Clarence,
      Third son to the third Edward, King of England.
      Spring crestless yeomen from so deep a root?
    • 1953 L. P. Hartley, The Go-Between, Hamish Hamilton, 1974, page 49-50
      "Yes. You see, I was born under the sign of Leo, though it's not my real name."
      "What is your real name?"
      I saw Marcus looking at me, but I couldn't refuse to tell her.
      "It's Lionel. But don't tell anyone."
      "Why not?"
      "Because it's rather a fancy name."



  1. ^ Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: A Concise Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press 2001.



Proper nounEdit


  1. A male given name, equivalent to English Lionel.