Menu

Io

- this week

Gender: Female Pronunciation: ee-o or eye-o Origin of Io: Greek mythology name

The name Io is a girl's name of Greek origin. Io and is often added to lists like Unique Girl Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Io may be one of the slightest names in the book, but there aren't many two-letter names with as much substance as this Greek mythological example. Io, a name used for the largest moon of Jupiter, was in classic myth raped by Zeus and escaped from him by changing herself into a cow.

Find other names based on Io using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Io

Pop Culture References for the name Io

Io, one of the Galilean moons
Io, meaning of "I" in Italian
Io Echo, American indie-rock band
Io, meaning of "Something" in Esperanto

Eyo

Comments

autumnreverie Says:

2018-02-10T12:22:13

I like it, but I think the "Old MacDonald" and "I.O.U" jokes would get old fast.

Piteco Says:

2017-10-08T16:09:40

A name with just two fucking letters. Seriously?
But damnit, this name is awesome. A vulcanous and gentle sensation at the same time. I can visualize a beautiful redhead girl full of freckles called Io!!!!!

Mhill46 Says:

2017-07-06T00:41:56

Love this name! Cute and spunky. It's definitely on my GP list but it's growing on me. Maybe a middle name one day.

MonikerWanderer Says:

2017-05-26T16:00:41

The only Io I know is male. His parents should have checked the mythology behind the name before using it, but I think he's just named after the moon.

scblovesnames Says:

2017-05-20T14:50:30

The perfect Middle name.

Floris Says:

2016-02-13T21:58:03

They got it wrong, Zeus did not rape Io. He wanted to seduce her, Hera heard of it and got jealous, so he transformed her into a silver cow. When Hera found our she damanded Io to be gifted to her. Io was saved by Hermes and sent Hera a a botfly that followed Hera around.

EW314 Says:

2016-01-26T16:03:59

I'd love to use this, but I could never convince DH. I love how short and evocative it is, and I'm a sucker for -o ending names for girls. It would also make a spunky nickname for Ione, which is another favourite of mine.

Amber Renee Says:

2016-01-12T19:17:16

Ah yes "the rape of Io" exactly the kind of story you want to name a child after. I think this name is completely inappropriate to use the same way Lolita is.

Hailey Says:

2016-01-12T18:48:26

Pronounced letter I, letter O? I don't like this.

Luísa Says:

2015-11-03T17:26:42

I love this name!!!
But it's so short, I'm afraid that maybe it's TOO short...?

actingfun Says:

2015-09-07T19:16:06

I like this name as a nickname for Iona, Leona, and Iolana. It's adorable!

esita Says:

2015-06-08T06:25:50

Guilty Pleasure - would never use but it is lovely. I know one child with Io as a middle name.

rachel Says:

2014-11-14T11:03:45

Io is also a moon of jupiter, but it isn't the biggest, that's ganymede. It is very volcanic though :)

Zoey_Artemisia Says:

2014-10-05T07:41:43

Some of the mythology on Nameberry needs to be checked. Io was an Ancient Greek priestess of Hera. She was seduced by Zeus who then turned her into a heifer to escape the wrath of Hera. She was chased by a gadfly sent by Hera all the way to Egypt. She was mortal, she could voluntarily turn into anything.