It wasn't so long ago that Romeo was considered as outre for an American baby as Casanova or Cupid. But that really changed when David and Victoria Beckham chose it for their second son in 2002, a path followed by Jon Bon Jovi. The most romantic of Shakespearean names, Romeo shot up more than fifty places from 2009 to 2010, and now rests at 323.
Romeo was not invented by the Bard, but was taken from his source matereal for the play. Some sources say it descends from that of Romulus, one of the twin sons of Mars.