Given Name Napoleon
PRONOUNCED: nə-PO-lee-ən (English)
Meaning & History
This was an old Italian name, used most notably by the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), who was born on Corsica. It is possibly derived from the Germanic Nibelungen, the name of a race of dwarfs in Germanic legend, which meant “sons of mist”. Alternatively, it could be connected to the name of the Italian city of Napoli (Naples).