Infographic of Lionel name meaning, which is “The little lion,” from the French lion (lion) and el (a diminutive suffix).
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Lionel Name Popularity

How popular is the name Lionel? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 316 38 0.0102%
1912 369 67 0.0133%
1913 378 83 0.0146%
1914 371 121 0.0174%
1915 373 167 0.0184%
1916 399 153 0.0158%
1917 352 206 0.0206%
1918 380 203 0.0189%
1919 365 206 0.0197%
1920 371 217 0.0195%
1921 338 265 0.0231%
1922 362 233 0.0209%
1923 330 275 0.0246%
1924 333 269 0.0232%
1925 348 244 0.0216%
1926 346 248 0.0225%
1927 346 248 0.0224%
1928 336 243 0.0227%
1929 360 211 0.0204%
1930 352 226 0.0216%
1931 334 227 0.023%
1932 317 262 0.0265%
1933 308 263 0.0282%
1934 310 269 0.0278%
1935 338 220 0.0226%
1936 338 224 0.0233%
1937 358 186 0.0189%
1938 337 231 0.0226%
1939 347 219 0.0215%
1940 363 209 0.0197%
1941 350 239 0.0212%
1942 379 219 0.0173%
1943 373 231 0.0177%
1944 347 253 0.0204%
1945 343 260 0.0213%
1946 363 287 0.0195%
1947 373 297 0.0178%
1948 371 299 0.0187%
1949 381 275 0.0171%
1950 353 325 0.0202%
1951 378 286 0.0169%
1952 369 300 0.0172%
1953 352 350 0.0198%
1954 374 322 0.0176%
1955 409 276 0.015%
1956 369 362 0.0192%
1957 431 279 0.0145%
1958 420 315 0.0167%
1959 397 357 0.0188%
1960 366 425 0.0224%
1961 390 371 0.0197%
1962 404 359 0.0196%
1963 405 350 0.0195%
1964 425 317 0.018%
1965 453 251 0.0153%
1966 450 248 0.0159%
1967 457 232 0.0153%
1968 485 198 0.0132%
1969 468 224 0.0145%
1970 525 188 0.0118%
1971 520 200 0.0133%
1972 535 169 0.0124%
1973 504 192 0.0148%
1974 554 161 0.0124%
1975 513 195 0.0152%
1976 501 209 0.0162%
1977 542 198 0.0147%
1978 515 205 0.0152%
1979 543 199 0.0141%
1980 485 257 0.0176%
1981 484 251 0.0171%
1982 458 306 0.0205%
1983 388 391 0.0265%
1984 383 408 0.0274%
1985 425 360 0.0237%
1986 479 288 0.0191%
1987 505 267 0.0175%
1988 582 210 0.0135%
1989 583 231 0.0143%
1990 646 198 0.0119%
1991 704 154 0.0094%
1992 759 141 0.0088%
1993 753 144 0.0092%
1994 817 119 0.0078%
1995 826 119 0.0079%
1996 956 85 0.0057%
1997 1,092 68 0.0046%
1998 928 104 0.0069%
1999 995 92 0.0061%
2000 1,049 90 0.0059%
2001 983 106 0.007%
2002 1,091 84 0.0056%
2003 1,164 77 0.0051%
2004 1,229 71 0.0047%
2005 1,069 102 0.0067%
2006 1,153 95 0.0061%
2007 1,120 105 0.0067%
2008 1,106 107 0.0069%
2009 1,077 114 0.0076%
2010 871 185 0.0128%
2011 785 225 0.0158%
2012 793 221 0.0155%
2013 749 248 0.0174%
2014 667 326 0.0224%
2015 639 351 0.0241%
2016 566 439 0.0304%
2017 588 404 0.0289%
2018 621 360 0.0262%
2019 628 362 0.0267%

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Names Like Lionel

If you like Lionel, you’ll love these other names like Lionel.


What names are variants of Lionel?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Lionel.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Leonel

Lion

Spanish

Leonello

Lion

Latin

Lionell

Lion

Latin

Lionello

Lion

Latin

Lionelo

Lion

Latin

Lionnel

Lion

Latin

Lionnell

Lion

Latin

Lionnello

Lion

Latin

Lonell

Lion

Latin

Lonnell

Lion

Latin

Lyinell

Lion

Latin

Lyonel

Lion

Latin

Lyonelo

Lion

Latin

Lyonnel

Lion

Latin

Lyonnell

Lion

Latin

Lyonnello

Lion

Latin


What names sound like Lionel?

If you like how Lionel sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Lionel.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lennell

English

Linlea

Flax meadow

English

Linlee

Flax meadow

English

Linley

Flax meadow

English

Linly

Flax meadow

English


What names are similar to Lionel?

Find a name that’s like Lionel, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Leon

Lion

Greek


Lists With Lionel

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Lionel.


Siblings of Lionel

Mamas with kids named Lionel also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Hannah

Grace

Hebrew

1 Comment

  1. My husband’s late grandfather’s name was Lionel and we wanted to honor his memory. At first, I wasn’t sold on the name, but it grew on me, especially as I prayed through the name meaning (little lion; fierce, courageous, noble). I like that it’s a classic/older name and not as common. On the flip side, since it’s not common, we probably won’t find it on those keychains or pencils with kids’ names on them. Also, I’m not sure if there’s a good nickname for Lionel.


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