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What does Cleo mean?

Cleo Pronunciation of Cleo [cleo] as a girls' name (also used less regularly as boys' name Cleo) is pronounced KLEE-oh. It is of Greek origin. Short form of Clotilde and Cleopatra.

Associated with: greek.


Cleo has 2 variants: Clea and Clio.

4 more related forms via Cleopatra, Clotilde: Cleona, Cleone, Cleonie and Cleta.

Creative forms:
(female) Caleo, Clie, ..

(male) Clen, Clus, ..

Middle name pairings:
Cleo Ailyn (C.A.), ..

How popular is Cleo?

Cleo is a very prominent first name for females (#596 out of 4276, Top 14%) but an unusual last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Cleo reached its highest position of #193 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is at #1755 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cleo name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cleo outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular varying forms of Cleo (#1755 the previous year) rated in the Top 2000 are Cleona, Cleone, Cleopatra, Cleta and Clotilde. These forms of Cleo reached the top of their popularity a century ago (adoption of 0.09%) and have become significantly less widespread since, with the form Cleo becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cleo, Cleona, Cleone, Cleopatra, Cleta, Clotilde in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cleo and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Cleo is alike in pronunciation to Chloe, Chloee, Claea, Clo, Cloe, Cloey, Klea, Klio and Kloe. Other suggested similar names are Calee, Calen, Caley, Cameo, Caro, Cato, Cee, Cele, Celes, Chel, Chelo, Cher, Cile, Clem, Cleva, Coco, Coe, Coel, Cole, Coley, Cree and Theo. These names tend to be less commonly used than Cleo.

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