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Where did the French Leone family come from? What is the French Leone family crest and coat of arms? When did the Leone family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Leone family history?

The surname Leone originates in Gascogne, France, is where Leone was first used as a surname. Leone 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.


Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Leone some of which are 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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leone 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 Leone History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 101 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Leone has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Leone were

Leone Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Charles Leone, who came to Baltimore in 1807
  • Gaspard Leone, who arrived in Baltimore in 1810
  • Poll Leone, who settled in Texas in 1835
  • Paul Leone, who settled in Texas in 1835
  • Pablo Leone, who came to Texas in 1835

Leone Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jerry Leone, who settled in New York in 1904
  • Ralph Leone, who settled in New York sometime between 1884 and 1925
  • Louis Leone, who settled in Illinois in 1939


  • Lucile Petry Leone (1902-1999), American nurse, founding director of the Cadet Nurse Corps in 1943
  • Tracey Leone (b. 1967), Tracey Leone born 1967 is a retired American soccer midfielder
  • Justin Paul Leone (b. 1977), American professional baseball third baseman
  • Dominique Leone, American musician and writer
  • Nathan Daniel Leone, the American lead singer of rock band Madina Lake
  • Matthew Jon Leone, the American bassist of rock band Madina Lake
  • Rocco Leone, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1916
  • Joseph A. Leone, American politician, Mayor of Billings, Montana, 1972-77
  • Frank B. Leone, American politician, Mayor of Dunbar, West Virginia, 1978-89
  • Carlo Leone, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 27th District; Elected 2011



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The Leone Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leone 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.

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