Leon (given name)

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Leon is a name of Greek origin. In Greek, Latin, French, Irish and Spanish, Leon means "lion". Derived from the Greek λέων (leōn) meaning "lion", perhaps the oldest attested historical figure to bear this name was Leon of Sparta, a 5th-century BCE king of Sparta, while in Greek mythology Leon was a Giant killed by Heracles. During the Christian era Leon was merged with the Latin cognate Leo, with the result that the two forms are used interchangeably.[1] A similar Greek name to Leon is Leonidas, meaning "son of a lion", with Leonidas I, king of Sparta, being perhaps the most famous bearer of that name.

Leon (unaccented English, German, Russian version) or Léon (French version) or León (Spanish version) or Leo (Latin or Latinised version) may refer to:

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  1. ^ Withycombe, E.G. (1945) The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press