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 and Portuguese: 1. nickname for an ugly or stupid person, from Spanish mal donado ‘ill-favored’. The phrase is a compound of mal ‘badly’ + donado ‘given’, ‘endowed’, past participle of donare ‘to give’, ‘to bestow’. 2. habitational name from Maldonado, a village in the province of Albacete.