Lionel is a diminutive of Leon. Leon is a variant of Leo, with Greek roots. Leo originates in Latin language and means "lion man". It is a very popular masculine given name all over the world and the name of 13 popes throughout history. Its usage in the United States has declined significantly in recent times.
Lionel Barrymore - actor
Lionel Richie - musician
Lionel Gates - football player
Lionel Hampton - jazz musician
Lionel Manuel - football player
Lionel Simmons - basketball player
Lionel Messi - football player