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Gender: Male Origin of Arlo: Place-name, literary name, or short form of Carlo Arlo's Popularity in 2017: #316

The name Arlo is a boy's name of Spanish origin. Arlo is ranked #316 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Boy Baby Names Moving Up Fast and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rotating Sibling Sets".

From the experts:

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 has many possible derivations: possibly a shortened form of Italian name Carlo, in Basque-speaking regions it is the word for area, and in English, Arlo was first used in the 16th Century by Edmund Spenser in The Faerie Queene and is thought to derive from the Celtic word Aherlow (meaning between two highlands).

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.

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Famous People Named Arlo

Arlo Davy Guthrie, American singer-songwriter
Arlo White, English sports commentator
Arlo Bates, American 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

Pop Culture References for the name Arlo

Arlo Givens, Raylan's dad on TV's "Justified"
Arlo Higgins, character on TV's "Sliders"
Arlo Day, main character in comic strip "Arlo and Janis" by Jimmy Johnson
Arlo Pear, character in film "Moving"
Arlo Dean, character British soap "Family Affairs"
Arlo, character in film "Orange County"
Arlo Glass, character on TV's "24"
Arlo Bunch, character in "The Sims 3" computer game
Arlo, main character in Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur"
Arlo Barth, character on TV's "Kirstie"
Arlo, a yellow lab owned by Rosa Diaz from Brooklyn Nine-Nine