Lionel - Meaning of Lionel
[ 3 syll. lio-nel, li-on-el ] The baby boy name Lionel is pronounced as LAYowNehL or Liy-YOWNehL †. 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 variation (English and French) of Leo.
The name Lionel is widely used; it has 23 variations. Variations include Laionela, Leonel (used in Spanish too), Leonello, Leonila, Lional, Lionell, Lionello, Lionelo, Lionnel, Lionnell, Lionnello, Lonell, Lonnell, Lyinell, Lynel, Lynell, Lynnell, Lyonell, Lyonelo, Lyonnel, Lyonnell, and Lyonnello. The variant spelling Lyonel is another English form.
See also the related form, Liona (English and Hawaiian).
Lionel is a classic favorite. Today it is still a fairly popular baby name for boys, though not to the extent it was in the past. 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 of irregular use in recent years. In 2018, its usage was only 0.021% and its ranking #634. Among the group of boy names directly linked to Lionel, Leo was the most popular. In 2018, its use outnumbered Lionel's by 16 times.
Baby names that sound like Lionel include Lemyuel, Leonel, Leonello, Lemyouel, Lyonelo, Laionela, Lemmuel, Lemuell, Lenell, Linlea, Linlee, Linley, Linli, Linlie, Linly, Lynlea, Lynlee, Lynley, Lynli, and Lynlie.
† Pronunciation for Lionel: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AY as in "side (S.AY.D)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; Y as in "you (Y.UW)"
Details of famous persons named Lionel:
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.