Leo Name Meaning

Southern Italian: nickname for a fierce or brave warrior, from Latin leo ‘lion’. Italian: from a short form of the personal name Pantaleo. Jewish: from the personal name Leo (from Latin leo ‘lion’), borrowed from Christians as an equivalent of Hebrew Yehuda (see Leib 3). English: from the Old French personal name Leon ‘lion’ (see Lyon 2). Spanish: variant or derivative of the personal name Leon. Dutch: from Latin leo ‘lion’, applied either a nickname for a strong or fearless man or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a lion; or alternatively from a personal name of the same derivation. German and Hungarian (Leó): Latinized form of Löwe (see Loewe).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Leon, Lew, Lio, Ley, Leu, Lee, Feo, Leos, Len, Loo

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Leo Family Origin

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Leo Family Occupations

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In 1939, A R P Shelton Labour and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Leo. 2% of Leo men worked as an A R P Shelton Labour and 39% of Leo women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leo were Capstan Lathe Setter and House Keeper

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • A R P Shelton Labour
    2%
  • Automatic Senior Machine Sett
    2%
  • Builders Labourer
    2%
  • Capstan Lathe Setter
    2%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    39%
  • Housewife
    4%
  • Domestic Help
    3%
  • House Keeper
    3%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Leo Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Leo Life Expectancy

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Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Leo life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Leo in 1944 was 45, and 79 in 2004.

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