Irish, English
"between two hills"

Arlo Origin and Meaning

The name Arlo is a boy's name of Spanish origin meaning "between two hills".
Arlo has many possible derivations: possibly a shortened form of Italian name Carlo, and in Basque-speaking regions it is the word for area. In English, Arlo was first used by Edmund Spenser in The Faerie Queene and is thought to derive from the Celtic word Aherlow, meaning “between two highlands.”

Arlo, once strongly associated with shaggy singer Arlo Guthrie, has an animated and cheery feel, thanks to its upbeat o ending. It was chosen by Toni Colette for her son in 2011, which brought the name back into the spotlight – and the US Top 1000 that same year. Previously, Arlo was in regular use in the first half of the twentieth century—it was Number 667 in 1915, for example, but it had dropped off the charts in 1944.

However, quirky cool Arlo is now well and truly back and, although still below the Top 200 in the US, it consistently ranks among the most popular boy names on Nameberry. Arlo is even more popular in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

A growing number of girls are also named Arlo in the US each year, with a handful more babies of both sexes receiving the Arlow and Arlowe spellings, which take this name more into smart surname territory.
# 220 in the US

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Famous People Named Arlo

  • Arlo Davy GuthrieAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Arlo WhiteEnglish sports commentator
  • Arlo BatesAmerican novelist, poet and journalist
  • Arlo Ray Nicholson (b. 2007)son of singers Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
  • Arlo Kaplinsky (b. 2008)Son of TV journalist Natasha Kaplinsky
  • Arlo Robert Galafassi (b. 2011)son of actress Toni Collette
  • Arlo Schlupp (b. 2014)son of footballer Jeffrey Schlupp
  • Arlo Simpson (b. 2015)son of singer,songwriter Charlie Simpson
  • Arlo Walcott (b. 2016)son of footballer Theo Walcott
  • Arlo Carroll (b. 2016)son of footballer Andy Carroll and reality TV personality Billi Mucklow
  • Arlo Dagg (b. 2017)son of rugby footballer Israel Dagg
  • Arlo Gale Coleman (b. 2017)son of American singer,songwriter and musician Holly Williams

Arlo in Pop Culture

  • Arlo GivensRaylan's dad on TV's "Justified"
  • Arlo Higginscharacter on TV's "Sliders"
  • Arlo Daymain character in comic strip "Arlo and Janis" by Jimmy Johnson
  • Arlo Pearcharacter in film "Moving"
  • Arlo Deancharacter British soap "Family Affairs"
  • Arlocharacter in film "Orange County"
  • Arlo Glasscharacter on TV's "24"
  • Arlo Bunchcharacter in "The Sims 3" computer game
  • Arlomain character in Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur"
  • Arlo Barthcharacter on TV's "Kirstie"
  • Arloa yellow lab owned by Rosa Diaz from Brooklyn Nine,Nine
  • Arlo Thackercharacter in the second campaign of the podcast "The Adventure Zone"
  • Arloa character in the game Warframe

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