Boy Names Ending in O Suit Every Style
Boy names ending in O are trendsetters, offering a sound that’s unexpected and fun amid reams of names ending in a consonant.
How do we know they’re style-forward? O-ending names are wildly popular on the Nameberry chart, which is a good indicator of what parents-to-be are interested in now, and which names could see a lot more little namesakes soon. There are three O-ending names in the Nameberry Top Ten: Milo (readers’ number one name), Arlo and Leo. Also in our Top 100 are Theo, Hugo, Mateo, Elio and Otto.
However, in the latest US charts there were only four O-ending names in the whole Top 100: Mateo, Leo, Santiago and Leonardo. We predict we’ll see a lot of names in this style rising when the 2019 data are published, and even more for this year.
As you might guess from the names above, many O-ending names come from Spanish and Italian, which makes them great heritage choices. There are also international choices from Portuguese, Finnish, Greek, Japanese, Hawaiian and other languages across the globe.
Here’s our pick of the best O-ending boy names to suit every style. Which ones have you spotted in your neighborhood?
Today, all-time Spanish classics like Pedro and Roberto are more likely to be dad names in the States. Taking their place is a new generation of names that are equally well-known and established, but less overused.
These O-ending Spanish, Italian and Portuguese names hit the sweet spot of familiar yet fresh. They could honor heritage, or be an alternative to a more staid-sounding English equivalent, like Marco instead of Mark. Many of them are more popular in their home country, like Francesco: it’s number one in Italy, but below the Top 1000 in the US.
Fun and Friendly
These o-ending boy names are short, sprightly, and often make playful alternatives to serious choices: think Milo / Miles, or Nico / Nick. Some started out as nicknames, but stand strong in their own right. They can also be creative international paths to honor names, like Mikko for Michael or Ludo for Louise.
Can boy names be frilly? These ones are certainly full of drama, syllables, and often impressive namesakes. In these days when William and Sebastian are more likely to go by their full names than by Will and Seb, these names work splendidly in all their glory too.
The coolest o-ending names include those at the top of the charts and white-hot picks that are shooting up. There are also names with on-trend sounds like V, Z and “Kai”, pop culture hits (hi, Kylo), and Berry favorites that the rest of the world is only just discovering (like Elio).
Celebs often hold a magnifying glass up to baby name trends, giving a boost to names that were hovering on the edge of the radar or just starting to become popular. These are some of the coolest O-ending celebrity baby names.
Aeko (Ammika Harris and Chris Brown)
Apollo (Gwen Stefani)
Caruso (Sebastian Maniscalo)
Francisco (Lin Manuel Miranda)
Fuego (Robin Thicke’s son Julian Fuego)
Kenzo (Kevin Hart)
Laszlo (Pete Wentz’s son Saint Laszlo)
Lorenzo (Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi — not forgetting his little brother, Angelo)
Michelangelo (Tom and Giovanna Fletcher’s son Buzz Michelangelo)
Romeo (David and Victoria Beckham, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin)
Santino (Mario Lopez)
Vittorio (Hope Solo and Jerramy Stevens)
Of course, all these names are gender-neutral. Rio is an example of a name that’s almost equally used for boys and girls, and Chicago is much better known as a girl name, thanks to Kim and Kanye — but it would be cool for boys too.
All names have meaning to the parents who choose them, but these ones wear it on their sleeves more than most. They include spiritual choices, and word names in English and other languages.
Faux O endings
These names end in the same stylish sound, but get there with a different spelling.
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on June 12th, 2016 at 11:02 pm
Enzo, Hugo, Leo, and Theo are all on my short list, but I’d also like to advocate for Elio, and I think Poe might be an up and coming name with Star Wars mania!
on June 12th, 2016 at 11:11 pm
on June 13th, 2016 at 12:08 am
Indigo of course
on June 13th, 2016 at 12:28 am
on June 13th, 2016 at 12:55 am
Honestly all the names suggested are very stylish and would age well: except Beau. I just cannot get behind that name…
on June 13th, 2016 at 2:21 am
I love Hugo, Enzo, Beau, and Arlo! That’s not too mention Horatio, Lorenzo, and Indigo which I absolutely adore, and are among my favourite names. Also Santiago, Kenzo, Leonardo, Alonzo/Alonso, and Francesco. O ending boys’ names are brilliant!
on June 13th, 2016 at 2:22 am
And Marlowe! How could I forget?
on June 13th, 2016 at 9:28 am
Another O ending name– Roscoe. It doesn’t get a lot of love, but I think its wonderful.
on June 13th, 2016 at 11:59 am
Can I just correct you that it’s Storybrooke and not Storybook?
My favourite is Milo!
on June 13th, 2016 at 1:45 pm
I love pretty much all of these, Hugo is probably my favourite. Another O name which is right on trend, Jago! I’d love to see it used more.
on June 13th, 2016 at 3:38 pm
Really enjoyed these O names! Viggo hasn’t been mentioned!
on June 13th, 2016 at 3:55 pm
How come nobody ever uses Olivio? Too close to Olivia?
on June 14th, 2016 at 12:18 am
on January 12th, 2017 at 12:53 am
We have a baby Hugo and it fits him so well. He was several days old before we chose between Hugo and Miles, I love Milo, but it’s definitely a no go in Australia, thanks to a popular brand.
on June 26th, 2020 at 12:07 pm
Not sure anyone other than the character should be named Malvolio.
My favorites not mentioned: Alvaro, Gaetano, Fernando, Orazio, Ottavio, Edmundo, Giustino.
on June 28th, 2020 at 8:58 pm
Love this trend! Too bad my last name ends in o…
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