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).
Spanish form (Echevarría) of Basque Etxeberria: topographic or habitational name from the Basque elements etxe ‘house’ + berri ‘new’ + the definite article -a. This is the origin of the name of a village near Pamplona, now called Xabier, the birthplace of St. Francis Xavier (1506–52), missionary to East Asia.