Leo (given name)

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Leo is a Latin given name. It is usually a masculine given name and it comes from the Latin word leo, meaning "lion". In German, it means strong or brave. It can also be a nickname for a name such as Leonard or Leopold.

The name can refer to:


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Politicians and statesmen[edit]

  • Léo Cadieux (1908–2005), Canadian politician, Minister of National Defense from 1967 to 1970
  • Leo von Caprivi (1831–1899), German general and Chancellor of Germany
  • Leo Ryan (1925–1978), California Congressman; killed at Jonestown
  • Count Léo d'Ursel


  • Leo Africanus (c. 1494–c. 1554?), Andalusian Berber Moorish diplomat and author
  • Leo Burnett (1891–1971), American advertising executive
  • Leo Fender (1909–1991), American inventor, maker of electric guitars
  • Leo Frank (1884–1915), American Jew murdered by a lynch mob
  • Leo Jogiches, (1867–1919), Russian Marxist revolutionary
  • Leo Krim (2010-2012), American child killed along with his sister Lucia by their nanny in New York City.
  • Leo Laporte (born 1956), American technology broadcaster and author
  • Leo Loudenslager (1944–1997), American world champion aerobatics aviator
  • Léo Major (1921–2008), French-Canadian World War II and Korean War soldier
  • Leo Strauss (1899–1973), American political philosopher

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