Derivative of Leo, from the oblique case. This form is common as a Jewish name, but recently has also acquired wider currency. The lion is an important symbol among Jews because of Jacob's dying pronouncement that ‘Judah is a lion's whelp’ (Genesis 49:9).
French: topographic name for someone who lived in a dense forest or perhaps a copse of evergreens, from Old French bois ‘wood’ (see Bois) + vert, verd ‘green’. This name is sometimes translated as Greenwood.