Gender: Female Origin of Arlo: Place name and literary name

Arlo Origin and Meaning

The name Arlo is a girl's name of Spanish origin.

Arlo, an unexpectedly popular name for boys these days, is also finding new life as a girls' name. The first name Arlo may be rooted in the surname Arlow or the place name Aherlow, meaning "between two highlands". As a surname, it also has roots in a place name meaning "rocky hill". Arlo is a name with several unexpected lives thanks to celebrity associations. It was first known as the name of folksinger Arlo Guthrie, son of Woody; then it was revived by television's "Justified" character Arlo Givens. Now it's been spun again as a girl's name first by actor Johnny Knoxville and then by celebrity couple Leighton Meester and Adam Brody, who chose it for their daughters. And since Arlo sounds so much like hot girl names Harlow and Marlowe, we say why not?

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bethlena Says:


I recommend you use it. I will be naming a daughter or a son Arlo Joy/ Arlo Jude (AJ) and personally I love Arlo for a boy or a girl. Boys tend to take most of the -O ending names, so I think I love this name even more for a girl than I do for a boy! It sounds so soft and gentle.

JossieChris Says:


Hmmmm, just heard this on a girl and had to nameberry it. So cute and keeping with my love of boys names for girls. Ari and Lo are obvious nicknames. But no meaning and an annoying Dino namesake hmmmmm. Going to think on this one some more. Grandmothers Ardith and Arlene would love it.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


I'd have never even considered this being a girls name before, but surprisingly I like it a lot

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I used to HATE this name, now I really LIKE it.

kliendavis Says:


My grandmother's name was Arlo, and I think it's beautiful for a girl! My grandma was always ahead of her time! :)