Lionel Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Lionel:
Transferred use of the English surname derived from lion (lion) and the French diminutive suffix -el: hence, "little lion."
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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I met someone once who spelled his name Lyonal and I named one of my characters that, with that spelling.
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We are considering Lionel and would use Lyle for the nickname.
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Meaning of the name (Latin)young lion, lion; (Germanic)lion, brave, hardy
3 syll. lio-nel, li-on-el The boy name Lionel is pronounced as LAYahNahL †. Lionel is used predominantly in the English and French languages, and it is derived from Latin origins. The name is of the meaning young lion.
In addition, Lionel is a variant form (English and French) of the name Leo (Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Czech, and Hawaiian).
Lionel has 17 variant forms that are used in both English and other languages. Variant forms used in English include Leonel (used in Spanish too), Leonila, Lional, Lionell, Lionnell, Lionnello, Lonell, Lonnell, Lyinell, Lynel, Lynnell, Lyonelo, Lyonnel, Lyonnell, and Lyonnello. The variant spelling Lyonel is another English form. A variant form of Lionel in other languages is Leonello (Italian).
Lionel is an unusual baby name for boys. Its usage peaked modestly in 1934 with 0.032% of baby boys being given the name Lionel. Its ranking then was #297. The baby name has since experienced a steep loss in popularity, and is currently of irregular use. In 2009, among the group of boy names directly linked to Lionel, Leo was the most popular.
- Famous real-life people named Lionel
Lionel Boyce, Actor/Comedian (A.K.A L-Boy)
Jazz Musician Lionel Hampton, born 20 April 1908 - 31 August 2002, Louisville, Kentucky.
Pop Musician Lionel Richie, born 20 June 1949, Tuskegee, Alabama.
Soccer Player Lionel Messi, born 24 June 1987, Rosario, Argentina.
- Lionel in song, story & screen
Sir Lionel, a knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legend
Lionel Tannenbaum in Down at the Dinghy by JD Salinger