Place-name, literary name, or short form of Carlo

Arlo Origin and Meaning

The name Arlo is a boy's name of Spanish origin.
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 has become increasingly unisex, leading to the feminine variation Arlowe.

Arlo is one of the surprise hit names of this decade, jumping up the popularity list in the US, partially inspired by the character Arlo Givens on television's Justified.

Arlo, strongly associated with shaggy singer Arlo Guthrie, has an animated and cheery feel, thanks to its upbeat o ending. Arlo was chosen by Toni Colette for her son, which might give it a further bounce in popularity.

Arlo was popular in the first half of the twentieth century—it was Number 667 in 1915, for example. However, it's been experiencing a major revival. Arlo is even more popular in the UK and New Zealand and is a great favorite on Nameberry.
# 271 in the US

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Arlo Popularity


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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