Rio Origin and Meaning

The name Rio is a boy's name of Spanish origin meaning "river".

Rio is a reductive ranchero place-name with an attractive Tex-Mex lilt. No Doubt's Tom Dumont has a son named Rio Atticus.

Also a South American place name, and associated with the Rio Grande, it's been used as a swaggering cowboy name in films spanning from a William S. Hart character in 1915 to Marlon Brando's in One-Eyed Jacks. It is occasionally used for a girl, as in the catchy Duran Duran song.

# 572 in the US

Rio Rank in US Top 1000

# 585 on Nameberry

Rio Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Rio Popularity

Famous People Named Rio

  • Rio Gavin FerdinandEnglish footballer
  • Rio Joseph Grillo (b. 2008)son of Wendy Moniz & Frank Grillo
  • Rio Atticus Dumont (b. 2008)son of musician Tom Dumont
  • Rocco Rio Reynolds (b. 2010)son of Jillian Barberie
  • Rionickname of actor River Phoenix
  • Rio Lopes (b. 2020)son of Portuguese football player Eder Lopes and Belgium model Sanna Lopes (Ladera)

Rio in Pop Culture

  • Rio de Janeirocity in Brazil
  • Riopseudonym of Anibal Cortes, one of the main characters in series “Money Heist”
  • RioJerrica/Jem's boyfriend on animated series "Jem & the Holograms"
  • Rio2011 animated film about parrots set in Rio de Janeiro
  • Rio Wellardcharacter in book/TV series 'The Story of Tracy Beaker'
  • RioPortuguese word for "River"