Leona - Meaning of Leona
[ 3 syll. leo-na, le-ona ] The baby girl name Leona is pronounced LiyOWNah (English) or LEHowNaa (German) †. Leona has its origins in the Old Greek and Latin languages. It is used largely in English and German. Latin origin: It is derived from the word leo with the meaning 'lion'. The generic name has been used by various popes. Also from the Roman nickname.
In addition, Leona is a form of the English Helen.
Leona is also an English form of the English and Italian Leandra.
Leona is the feminine equivalent of the Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Czech, Greek, Hawaiian, and Polish Leo.Leeona, Leeowna, Lenia, Lenna, Leoine, Leola, Leoma, Leonarda, Leonda, Leondra, Leondrea, Leone, Leonea, Leonee, Leonel, Leonela, Leonella, Leonelle, Leonia, Leonice, Leonicia, Leonila, Leonine, Leonissa, Leonlina, Leonline, Leontin, Leontina, Leontine, and Leontyna. Other English forms include the shortenings Leo and Lona (used in German too), the familiar forms Lennie and Leonie (used in German too), and the spelling variant Leonna.
Forms used in foreign languages include Leoni (German), Leonilda (Italian), Leonita (Italian), Léoni (French), Léonie (French), and Léonne (French). The shortening Lone (German) is another foreign form.
Leona is an all-time favorite. Currently it is still somewhat popular as a baby girl name, but to a lesser degree than it was before. At the peak of its usage in 1905, 0.349% of baby girls were named Leona. It was #69 in rank then. The baby name has suffered a substantial drop in frequency since then, and is in recent times of only very modest use. In 2012, it ranked at #914 with a usage of 0.015%, but it was nevertheless the most popular out of all girl names in its family.
Baby names that sound like Leona include Laenyll, Lahoma, Lailani, Lailanie, Lainyll, Laiona, Laione, Lajeanne, Lalaena, Lalaina, Lalanee, Lalaney, Lalani, Lalanie, Lalany, Lalayna, Laleama, Laleamah, Laleema, and Laleemah.
† Pronunciation for Leona: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"
A famous person named Leona is Business Personality, Leona Helmsley, born 1920 - 20 August 2007, New York, New York.