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Lionel Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Lionel is of French origin.

The meaning of Lionel is "young lion, lion cub".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 660 in baby name popularity for boys with 387 occurrences.    Less than 5 girls were given the name. 

View the Lionel Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Lionel has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Lionel to other names.


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Related Names

Variants of the name Lionel include Lionell.

Other Tidbits

Lionel falls into the animal name category.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Lionel in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Lionel.

Just for fun, see the name Lionel in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Lionel in Nautical Flags page.

Names Like This

French names have similar origins to those of other old-world European nations. They are often derivations of place names or trade names, or have their basis in history, mythology, religion or nature. They may also be created names.

The popularity of hyphenated names is a unique feature of French given names. For example Paul-Henri or Anne-Marie. A hyphenated name is considered a single unit first name, not separate first and middle names. Hyphenated names may be of the same or different genders. The first part of the name will always indicate the holder's gender.

Masculine names may be made feminine with the addition of -e, -ette, or -ine as suffixes.