Italian variation of Marius, form of mythological name Mars

Mario Origin and Meaning

The name Mario is a boy's name of Spanish, Italian origin meaning "warlike".

Familiar via such notable Marios as Lanza, Cuomo, Andretti, Puzo, and Van Peebles, this Italian name has been fully integrated into the US.

Mario is one of the many surprising names for boys that has always ranked among the US Top 1000, in the top half of the list for more than a hundred years. While it's now off its peak, the fashionable o ending gives it some new style power.

Mario might even be considered a mythological name, thanks to its origins in Mars, the name of the Roman god of war and of the so-called red planet. Mars rules the sign of Aries, so Mario might make a good name for an Aries baby or any boy born under a fire sign.

# 404 in the US

Mario Rank in US Top 1000

# 1989 on Nameberry

Mario Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Mario Popularity

Famous People Named Mario

  • Mario Matthew CuomoAmerican politician; 52nd Governor of New York
  • Mario Michael Lopez Jr.American actor
  • Mario Gabriele AndrettiItalian,born American race car driver
  • Mario Francesco BataliAmerican TV chef
  • Mario Cashmere ManninghamAmerican football player
  • Mario Antoine ButlerAmerican football player
  • Mario Mendell WinansAmerican R&B singer
  • Mario (Dewar Barrett)American R&B Singer
  • Mario Van PeeblesAmerican actor and director
  • Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr. aka Perez HiltonAmerican gossip blogger
  • Mario Marcell HagganAmerican football player
  • Mario Jerrel WilliamsAmerican football player
  • Mario AddisonAmerican football player
  • Mario FanninAmerican football player
  • Mario HendersonAmerican football player
  • (Joseph Roger) Mario LemieuxCanadian ice hockey player
  • Mario Vargas LlosaPeruvian writer
  • Mario BalotelliItalian footballer
  • Mario GotzeGerman footballer
  • Mario Gomez GarciaGerman footballer
  • Mario DrmacCroatian actor
  • Mario MaurerThai model and actor
  • Mario Cuomoson of journalist Chris Cuomo, grandson of Mario Cuomo
  • Mario Armando Lavandeira III (b. 2013)son of blogger Perez Hilton
  • Mario MandžukićCroatian professional footballer
  • Joao Mario (Naval da Costa Eduardo)Portuguese professional footballer
  • Max Mario Fletcher (b. 2018)son of singer Tom Fletcher & author Giovanna Fletcher.
  • Mario CasasSpanish actor.

Mario in Pop Culture

  • Mariocharacter in the Super Mario Bros. video game series
  • Mario Auditorecharacter in the Assassin's Creed video game series