Cheery-O Names

From the time we wrote our very first name book, we’ve both been totally charmed by the unique verve and spirit of  names ending in the letter ‘o’.  And, over time, our love for them has only increased.  We’re glad to see that more and more people seem to be agreeing with us; lately there’s been an infusion of newly popular choices–and, surprisingly, this is beginning to be true for girls as well as boys.

Here are some of the currently coolest boys’  names, many of then reflecting the ever-growing globalization of baby names:

ALDO, ARLO & ARNO

BRUNO

COSMO & COSIMO

ENZO

HORATIO

HUGO

INDIO & INDIGO & INIGO

LASZLO

LEO

MATEO /MATTEO

MILO

ORLANDO

OTTO

RIO

ROCCO

ROMEO & VALENTINO — two choices previously considered uberly-romantic, now sudden celebrity faves

THEO

VIGGO

Of course a large proportion of the male names in the Italian and Spanish name lexicons have ‘o’ endings.  Here are a few that seem most ripe for cultural crossover:

ADRIANO

ALESSIO & ALESSANDRO

ALONZO

AMEDEO

AURELIO

DARIO

DIEGO

EMILIO

LAZARO

LORENZO, RENZO & ENZO

LUCIO & LUCIANO

MASSIMO

NICOLO

OCTAVIO & OTTAVIO

PAOLO

SANTINO

SERGIO

VITTORIO & VITO

An interesting recent development is the rise of girls names ending with the o-sound, though some are  spelled with the addition of a ‘t’ or a ‘w‘.  These include:

BARDOT — the latest movie glamour girl surname, added to the mix by David Boreanaz

CLEO/CLIO

COCO

DOMINO

ECHO  —  “Doll” name for the leading charater in “Dollhouse”; also recently used by rocker Nick Hexum for his daughter

HARLOW –Another old-star-to- new-starbaby name

JUNO —  Goddess name hot since the eponymous movie

LILO

MARGO/MARGOT

MARLOW/MARLOWE

NICO

WILLOW — zooming up the popularity list

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Nephele Says:

September 21st, 2009 at 12:16 am

Fun list! When I saw your “o” theme, I immediately thought of “Zero” — for Zero Mostel!

JNE Says:

September 21st, 2009 at 7:45 am

Such fun – great names! I especially love Arlo and Hugo.

realpraise Says:

September 21st, 2009 at 8:24 am

What a fun bunch of Name-os! I like Cosmo, Milo (as a nn for Miles), Cleo, and Margot. Great list!

Ellen Says:

September 21st, 2009 at 10:27 am

After an expectant mother told me some of her boy name favorites – including Theo, Hugo, Milo, Leo – I looked at The Baby Name Bible to see what other end-in-O names you recommend as Best Bets and was surprised to see 20+ such names. Alas, many of them are too ‘far out’ for my locale.

Hope Says:

September 21st, 2009 at 10:55 am

And please include Inigo, one of my favorites!

Nephele Says:

September 21st, 2009 at 10:58 am

I just thought of another famous “o” boy’s name — but I doubt anyone would give this one to their child: “Sluggo.” Linda, do you remember the old “Nancy” comic strip? Hahaha!

linda Says:

September 21st, 2009 at 11:10 am

Sure–Nancy and Sluggo and Aunt Fritzi Ritz. But you’re right–don’t think we’d recommend Sluggo.

linda Says:

September 21st, 2009 at 11:14 am

Absolutely–a great name, with a rich architectural reference in Inigo Jones.

redriding Says:

September 21st, 2009 at 5:34 pm

I love Ivo.
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Charlotte Vera Says:

September 22nd, 2009 at 2:16 am

While all these names have aspects of interest, I think that the only one I’d ever use is Margot, which I confess I am quite in love with. With that exception, none of these names really grab me — especially the boys’ ones.

Incidentally, my husband has known two “Echo”s. He dated and almost dated the other!

sarah Says:

September 23rd, 2009 at 11:23 pm

love the o names. we’re getting ready to name our 2nd & right now we’re between indigo & milo if it’s a boy & indigo & cleo if it’s a girl!

LilacaRose Says:

November 27th, 2009 at 11:22 am

My cousin’s name is Milo…love that name! I also love Margot, I recommended Jocasta Margot Anne to a friend and she seems to like it.

BARDO (and other celebrity O names) – Baby Name Blog – Nameberry Says:

April 30th, 2010 at 12:20 am

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QuirkFlower Says:

July 6th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

I know a father named Ecco (apparently it’s Latin?) with a son Nicola, nn Nico. I think they’re so sweet together! Also, over a recent school trip, everyone got an “O” nickname. It was so fun! Skylo, Lilo, Jeno, Grego, Jesso, Hanno…etc.

Dane Says:

February 14th, 2011 at 3:08 am

stefano and allegro are two other italian names ripe for crossover that end in o

CsprsSassyHrly Says:

June 30th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

My brother’s name is Emilio. If it wasn’t for the association of his father, also Emilio, I could love the name, solely because of the possible nicknames, Leo/Lio and Milo.

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