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National Leo Day – February 5, 2023

National Leo Day is observed every year on February 5. The name Leo has a lot of positive connotations, and there’s a lot to admire about the little but powerful Leo. Whether you admire his daring connotation of a lion or admire his astrological associations, Leo has a variety of aspects to discover. Leo is a centuries-old name derived from the Latin word for lion. It has its German translation, most commonly used as a short form of Leon or Leopold and meaning ‘brave people’ or ‘lion-hearted.’

History of National Leo Day

In multiple languages, the name Leo is a given name. It is usually a masculine given name in European languages, and it derives from the Latin word Leo, which is derived from a Greek word that means ‘lion.’ It could also be a reference to the names Leonard and Leopold. Leo, or Reo, is a masculine given name in Japanese culture. The name Leo is predominantly a Latin masculine name that means ‘lion.’

Leonardo, Leon, and Leopold are all given the nickname Leo. Leo’s beginnings may be traced back to 700 B.C. when the first Romans invented Latin. When Germans embraced Leo as a moniker for bold, “lionhearted” men, it spread throughout Europe. Throughout Germany, the variants Leopold and Leonhard gained traction, whereas Leon and Leonardo found traction elsewhere in Europe. Nonetheless, Leo is the ancestor of all the others. The way the vowel-heavy, two-syllable, three-letter name Leo flows off the tongue softens the name’s rough background.

The popularity of the name has ebbed and flowed over the years, peaking at the turn of the 20th century, dropping for the next 80 years, and then rising again in the year 2000. The epic romance “Titanic,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and released in 1997, undoubtedly contributed to Leo’s increased popularity. The vintage name trend is also reflected in Leo. While Leo is a generally masculine name, similar-sounding feminine names include Lea, Leah, Leona, and Leonora. Leonardo DiCaprio is a well-known actor whose name was popularized by the artist Leonardo Da Vinci. Leon and Leonardo acquired a footing in Germany.

National Leo Day timeline

700 B.C.
Origin of Leo

The name Leo is traced back to 700 B.C.

1130
First Recorded Name

Giovanni-Antonio Leoncilli is the first recorded person to bear the surname Leo.

2011
Best Supporting Actress

Melissa Chessington Leo wins big at the Academy Awards, 2011, as Best Supporting Actress.

2016
Leonardo’s First Oscar

At the Academy Awards, Leonardo DiCaprio wins his first and only Oscar for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.

National Leo Day FAQs

Is Leo a well-known name?

Leo is one of the top 50 baby boy names in the United States, according to the Social Security Administration.

Is it possible for Leo to be a full name?

Yes, Leo can be a full name.

Why is Leo so well-liked?

Leos have a magnetic personality and are full of energy.

National Leo Day Activities

  1. Buy a zodiac-inspired bracelet

    Buy a zodiac Leo bracelet. You share a name with the constellation and zodiac sign Leo, so why not embrace it? Go online and buy yourself a bracelet or jewelry piece to match your name.

  2. Paint the constellation

    If you cannot use a telescope to identify the constellation Leo, you can always Google it. Personalize the image by painting it and displaying it in your home.

  3. Visit a zoo

    Leo is Latin for ‘lion.’ Visit the zoo and see the majestic cat you were named after.

5 Interesting Facts About The Name Leo

  1. 429th most used name

    In the United States, Leo is the 429th most frequented given name.

  2. Over 140,000 Americans bear Leo

    The name Leo is given to an estimated 140,789 people in the United States.

  3. 44 out of 100,000 people

    For every 100,000 Americans, there are 44 people named Leo.

  4. Common female name

    Leo is the 4,311th most frequent name for girls.

  5. 15 name variations

    The name Leo has almost 15 different variations.

Why We Love National Leo Day

  1. Names have strong identity links

    A person's name is the loveliest and most important sound in any language to him or her. It is the strongest link to their own sense of self-identity and uniqueness.

  2. It’s a symbolic agreement

    A person's name is most likely the most important word in their life. The bestowal of a name and identity is a symbolic agreement between society and the person.

  3. It’s a courtesy gesture

    Names are the fastest way we can get someone's attention. It's a courtesy gesture and a way of honoring them.

National Leo Day dates

YearDateDay
2023February 5Sunday
2024February 5Monday
2025February 5Wednesday
2026February 5Thursday
2027February 5Friday

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