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The surname Leon originates in Gascogne, France, is where Leon was first used as a surname. Leon was derived from the personal name Leonard, which means "lion-bold," and indicating that the original bearer was thought to be as bold as a lion.

Leon Early Origins



The surname Leon was first found in Gascony (French: Gascogne), an area of southwest France bordering Spain, that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.

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Leon Spelling Variations


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Leon Spelling Variations



Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Leon, including Léonard, Léonnard, Léonhard, Lénard, Liénard, Lenard, Lienard, Lionard, Lionhard, Léonart, Léonhart, Lénart, Liénart, Lionart, Lionhart, Lenart, Lienart, Léonardy, Léon, Léone, Léonne, Lion, Lione and many more.

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Leon Early History


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Leon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leon research. Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1789, 1611, 1654, 1656, 1657, 1658, 1663, 1611, 1671, 1655, 1713, 1744, 1793 and 1766 are included under the topic Early Leon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leon Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Hugues de Lionne (1611-1671), a French statesman; and his son, Artus de Lionne (1655-1713), abbé and Bishop of Rosalie in partibus infidelium...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North Ameri ca. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Leon has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Leon were

Leon Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Cristobal Leon, who arrived in Peru in 1537
  • Hernardo de Leon, his wife Maria Fernandez and their four children, who arrived in Peru in 1570
  • Francisco De Leon, his wife Ana Lopez and their two children, who arrived in New Spain in 1577
  • Bernardino Leon, who arrived in Chile in 1577

Leon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anthony Leon, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1649

Leon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antonio Leon, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Juan Leon, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Patrick Leon, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Pedro De Leon, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Alonso De Leon, who arrived in America in 1813
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Leon (post 1700)



  • William L. Leon, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1972
  • Pilar Leon Jr., American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 40th District, 1976
  • Paul S. Leon, American politician, Mayor of Ontario, California; Elected 2010
  • Pamela Leon, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1972
  • John F. Leon (1910-1987), American politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1959-67; Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention 14th District, 1969-70
  • Jason Leon, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 2004
  • Gersam Leon, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Bayonne, 1862-76
  • David Leon, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Curaçao, 1874
  • D. H. Leon, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Presidential Elector for Iowa, 1972
  • Christine L. Leon, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Leon


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Suggested Readings for the name Leon



  • The Empresario Don Martin de Leon (also Leon) by Arthur B.J. Hammett.

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Leon Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    7. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    11. ...

    The Leon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 14 June 2016 at 10:48.

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