Cleo Origin and Meaning

The name Cleo is a girl's name of English origin meaning "glory".

Cleo, one of the few girls' names to boast the cool-yet-lively o ending, is of course short for Cleopatra, the name of one of the most powerful women in history.

Cleo was most popular in the early decades of the twentieth century--when it was also used for boys. The opening of the Egyptian tombs along with the 1917 silent film starring Theda Bara popularized a range of now-obscure Cleopatra diminutives, including Cleora, and Cleola.

A distinguished bearer is the British jazz singer Cleo Laine, and there have been Cleos on two TV dramas: ER and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Maybe the fact that Cleo was recently chosen by Friends' David Schwimmer will ignite a welcome revival.

Sound-alike Clio is the name of the ancient Greek mythological muse of history and heroic poetry, one that is rich with modern charm and would also make an intriguing choice,

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Famous People Named Cleo

  • Cleo LaineLady Dankworth (born Clementine Dinah Bullock), English jazz singer
  • Miss Cleo (born Youree Dell Harris)American psychic
  • Cleopatra Madonna "Cleo" HigginsAmerican R&B singer of group Cleopatra
  • Cleo Madison (born Lulu Bailey)American silent film actress
  • Cléopatra Diane "Cléo" de MérodeFrench Belle Époque dancer
  • Cleouna "Cleo" MooreAmerican actress
  • Cleopseudonym of Clementina Cote, French neo,impressionist painter
  • Cleostage name of Joanna Klepko, Polish pop singer
  • Cleo PageCanadian rhythmic gymnast
  • Sheila Lynne "Cleo" OdzerAmerican author
  • Cleo Patra BrownAmerican jazz singer
  • Cleo RocosBrazilian,British comedienne
  • Cleo Pires (Ayrosa Galvão)Brazilian actress
  • (Freda) Cleo (Helwig) RidgelyAmerican actress
  • Cleo von Adelsheimstage name of Cleopatra Freiin von Adelsheim von Ernest, Hereditary Princess of Oettingen,Oettingen and Oettingen,Spielberg, German,Chilean actress
  • Cleo Ice Queenstage name of Clementina Mulenga, Zambian rapper
  • Cleopatra "Cleo" DemetriouCypriot,British actress
  • Cleo Rose Elliott (b. 1984)daughter of actors Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott
  • Cleo Bennett (b. 1988)daughter of designer Laura Bennett
  • Cleo Buckman Schwimmer (b. 2011)daughter of actor David Schwimmer
  • Cleo James Schulman (b. 2016)daughter of TV personality Nev Schulman

Cleo in Pop Culture

  • Cleofish in Disney's "Pinocchio"
  • Cleopurple dog in "Clifford the Big Red Dog" series
  • Cleo Sertorimermaid character on Australian TV show "H2O: Just Add Water"
  • Cleomain character in "Invisible Sister"
  • Cleopatra "Cleo" McQueencharacter on British soap "Hollyoaks"
  • Cleocharacter in "Toad Patrol"
  • Cleo de Niledaughter of the mummies in "Monster High" show and series

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