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Leon Name Meaning

Spanish (León): habitational name from León, a city in northwestern Spain, named with Latin legio, genitive legionis ‘legion’, a division of the Roman army. In Roman times the city was the garrison of the 7th Legion, known as the Legio Gemina. The city’s name became reduced from Legion(em) to Leon(em), and in this form developed an unetymological association with the word for ‘lion’, Spanish león. Spanish: from the personal name León, from Greek leon ‘lion’ (see Lyon 2). Leon is also found as a Greek family name. Spanish: nickname for a fierce or brave warrior, from león ‘lion’. French (Léon) and English: variant of Lyon.

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

Similar surnames: Lyon, Leo, Len, Leone, Lein, Lion, Leos, Lemon, Lew, Ley

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Leon Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Leon name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Leon. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Native American—North, Central, South


  • Spain


  • England & Wales


  • Portugal


  • Ireland & Scotland


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Leon Family Origin

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Leon Family Occupations

What did your Leon ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Laborer, At School and Cultivateur were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Leon. The most common Leon occupation in Canada was Laborer. 27% of Leon's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Leon family was Not Given.

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  • Laborer

  • At School

  • Cultivateur

  • Not Given


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Leon Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 144,000 census records available for the last name Leon. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leon census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 87,000 immigration records available for the last name Leon. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 18,000 military records available for the last name Leon. For the veterans among your Leon ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Leon Life Expectancy

What is the average Leon lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Leon life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Leon in 1946 was 39, and 70 in 2004.

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