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Leon is a name of Greek origin. The Greek λέων (leōn), meaning "lion," has spawned the Latin "leo," French "lion," Irish "leon", Spanish "león," and Russian "lev." Perhaps the oldest attested historical figure to bear this name was Leon of Sparta, a 5th-century BC king, while in Greek mythology Leon was a Giant killed by Heracles. During the Christian era Leon was merged with the Latin cognate Leo, with the result that the two forms are used interchangeably. Other names based from the same root are Leonard, Leonid, Leonidas, and Lionel.
Leon is also the name of a number of geographical locations, including a Spanish province which played an important political and military role in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
In the works of Harry Turtledove, Leon may refer to:
Characters named LeonEdit
- Leon (Worldwar), fictional partisan, minor character in Tilting the Balance.
- Léon Blum, historical French leader referenced in Two Fronts.
- Léon Degrelle, historical Belgian fascist referenced in The War That Came Early.
- Leon Finch, infant son of POV Aaron Finch in The Hot War.
- Leon Trotsky, historical Soviet military leader who has an important role in "Joe Steele (story)"/Joe Steele (novel) and is referenced in The War That Came Early.
- Leon Zelkowitz, a freedom fighter and minor character in Striking the Balance.
Characters named LeoEdit
- Leo III the Isaurian, historical Byzantine emperor appearing in Justinian and referenced in "Farmers' Law" and "Islands in the Sea".
- Leo Enos, the son of George Enos, Jr. appearing in the Southern Victory series.
- Leo Szilard, a historical physicist who appears in Worldwar and is referenced in "Joe Steele (story)"/Joe Steele (novel).
Characters named LeonardEdit
- Leonard Birnbaum, minor character in Supervolcano.
- Leonard Kaupitsch, historical German general referenced in West and East.
- Leonard O'Doull, fictional battlefield surgeon, a POV in Southern Victory.
- Leonard Wood, historical United States Army general who appears in Southern Victory.
Characters named LeonidEdit
- Leonid Brezhnev, historical Soviet leader referenced in A World of Difference.
- Leonid Krasnikov, fictional Red Air Force officer, minor character in Last Orders.
- Leonid Tsederbaum, fictional Soviet Air Force navigator in The Hot War.
Characters named LeonidasEdit
- Lon Chaney, full name Leonidas Frank Chaney, historical actor referenced in The Grapple.
- Leonidas Polk, historical Confederate general referenced in Fort Pillow.
- Leonidas the Priest, fantasy analog of General Polk in The War Between the Provinces.
Characters named LionelEdit
- Lionel F. Booth, historical U.S. Army soldier appearing in Fort Pillow.
- Lionel Harris, a New Liverpool town councilman and minor character in The Two Georges.
Characters named LyonEdit
- L. Sprague de Camp, writer who pioneered alternate history and is one of Turtledove's main literary influences.
Characters surnamed Lyon or a variantEdit
- Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, historical Queen-Consort of the United Kingdom referenced in Coup d'Etat.
- Richard Lyons, 1st Viscount Lyons aka Lord Lyons, historical British ambassador appearing in The Guns of the South and American Front.