The Spanish surname Leon is an habitational name from León, a city in northwestern Spain, named with Latin legio meaning “legion,” a division of the Roman army. In Roman times the city was the garrison of the 7th Legion, known as the Legio Gemina. The city’s name became reduced from Legion to Leon. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Pedro de Leon, which was dated April 5th 1580, at Santa Maria Magdalena, Valladolid, Spain. Another early Spanish church record of the name is Mateo Leon at San Nicholas de Bari, Valladolid, Spain, on September 29th 1698. Today there are approximately 62,000 bearers of the name Leon living in the United States.