The nemean lion in Greek mythology






Emily P.

PupNames.com Contributor

Leo, a name fit for a king...or in this case, a dog. This regal moniker, derived from the Latin word for lion, is perfect for your canine companion. Whether your pup is as brave as the MGM lion, as charismatic as Leo DiCaprio, or as fiery as a Leo zodiac sign, this name is a winner. Plus, it's short and snappy, making it easy for your dog to learn. So, if you want your pooch to exude confidence and charm, name them Leo. After all, every dog park could use a little more Hollywood glamour!

Traits associated with the name Leo:

Dogs named Leo tend to be loving, loyal, affectionate, and good-natured. This name is also associated with companionship, and intelligence.

What does it say about you to have a dog named Leo?

That you have a strong affinity for the name Leo, and that you likely have a strong connection to the qualities associated with the name, such as strength, courage, and loyalty.

Is Leo a good dog name?

Leo is a one-syllable dog name, making it short and snappy. The name also ends in a vowel sound, so it's easy for dogs to recognize. Leo is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

Popularity: Overall

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Leo is one of the more popular dog names out there. According to our data, Leo outranks the great majority of names.

Popularity: Historical Trend

Leo was, in the past month, the 136th most viewed dog name on PupNames.com.

As of May 2024, Leo is becoming ever more niche with new puppy owners. Our stats suggest that the name is less fashionable than it was at this time last year.

In general, this name has held steady in popularity with PupNames.com visitors.

In the past week, Leo was viewed 0 times, and liked 3 times.

Popularity: United States

The map below shows Leo's popularity across the United States, according to PupNames data.

Leo is most adored in New Jersey, West Virginia and Minnesota.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Oregon.

Popularity: Around The World

And this world map shows which countries have the greatest love for the name Leo.

Most popular breeds named Leo:

  1. Chow Chow
  2. Labrador Retriever
  3. Chihuahua
  4. German Shepherd
  5. Golden Retriever

Leo is found in these categories:

british dog names

Associated with British royalty, like King Leopold and Prince Leonard.

greek dog names

Derived from Greek, meaning "lion", often used in mythology.

old fashioned dog names

Harkens back to ancient Rome, evoking images of regal, bygone eras.

summer dog names

This name is inspired by a zodiac sign associated with late July and August.

celestial dog names

Named after a constellation, it's a star-studded choice for pups!

cute dog names

Lion king references and zodiac charm make it endearing and adorable.

mythical dog names

The name originates from a constellation and zodiac sign, symbolizing a lion in Greek mythology.

Dog names like Leo:

The first name of agatha christie's miss marple character
Young Girl, Maiden
Leader, commander, governor of a province
Lake settlement, lake colony
The sneaky and trickster god in Norse mythology.
Leo dog name meaning

Comments icon Comments (2)

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U can call me bk (Michigan, United States)
I'm getting a Chihuahua and I'm naming it Leo it's a girl so just wondering what color dog it sould be?
July 22, 2023

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My name is Scarlett (Alberta, Canada)
Hiiii I have a question I am getting a Husky is Leo a good husky name? Please write back i really need to know. Thank you :)
April 28, 2023

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