Gender: Male Meaning of Elmo: "protector" Origin of Elmo: Italian from German

Elmo Origin and Meaning

The name Elmo is a boy's name of Italian origin meaning "protector".

Elmo, like fellow Sesame Street characters Kermit and Grover, has a hard time being taken seriously. (It isn't easy being red either.)

But Elmo also calls to mind the image of St. Elmo's fire--the light show sometimes visible around ships' masts during storms at sea, which is quite appropriate since Saint Elmo (another name for Erasmus) is the patron saint of sailors. St. Elmo's Fire was also the title of a classic Brat Pack film of the 1980s.

There were a lot more Elmos around a century ago, when Elmo was in the top third of the popularity list.

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LindseyLovesTheatre!!! Says:


I mean, I love sesame street, but I would never be able to use Elmo on a child.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I wouldn't use this. But I did strongly consider naming my future son Beemo...

ParanoidAndroid Says:


Elmo had its fun for a few decades, and now the name is practically extinct. However, the likes of Michigan rapper BONES (Born Elmo O'Connor) and 20-year-old English TikTok star, Elmo O'Dwyer, could influence this name's popularity or repute- to an extent. For me, Elmo doesn't meet the satiety of a good name. I can't get over the goofy, out-of-place "Mo" part of this name. Regardless, I can see this working on a baby boy or child. As a teen? Not so much. As an adult, absolutely.

Mhill46 Says:


I hate how much I really like this name. I wish it wasn't so tied to a freaking puppet.