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Gender: Female Meaning of Garbo: "polite, kind" Origin of Garbo: Italian nickname

The name Garbo is a girl's name of Italian origin meaning "polite, kind". Garbo and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names Ending In O and discussed in our forums with posts like "What would be the perfect twin?".

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Famous People Named Garbo

Greta Garbo (original name Greta Lovisa Gustafsson), 1905–90, Swedish-born US film actress

Pop Culture References for the name Garbo

Garbo, character on TV's Dirt


pamsatran Says:


Hi, @nora.rosenberg -- In fact, suggestions and comments are what set Nameberry apart. We have been writing about and analyzing names for decades and are internationally recognized experts on the subject. Our suggestions and comments are what set Nameberry apart, and we also welcome comments from our readers in several platforms on the site. Some names may deserve more thoughtful commentary than we've provided, in which case we're happy to take that suggestion. But we do ask that you respect our right to offer opinions on names just as we respect opinions and provide several ways for you to offer them.

nora.rosenberg Says:


I believe that a naming website should provide its visitors with accurate information on the names and not suggestions and comments, especially in the description. The comments section is exactly for this reason. Providing suggestions in the description is not the best idea

pam Says:


Definitely! That's a great example of how a name that works in one culture definitely does not in another, even if both speak the same language.

axel Says:


In Australia Garbo is a slang abbreviation of garbage man. So definitely a no here!