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What does Clio mean?

Clio Pronunciation of Clio [clio] as a girls' name is pronounced KLY-oh. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Clio is "glory". From Kleio (which derives from "kleos"), a name from mythology of the muse of historical poetry. There are nine muses, the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, and each represents an art or science. Calliope (epic poetry), Terpsichore (choral song and dance), and Thalis (comedy) have survived as given names. Also used as a variant of Cleo, nickname of Cleopatra and short form of Cliona.

Associated with: greek, glory, poetry (literary).


Clio has 2 variants: Cleo and Klio.

Related girl name: Clea.

5 more related forms via Calliope, Cleo, Cleopatra, Cliona: Callia, Clea, Cleona, Cleone and Cleta.

2 masculine forms: Cletus and Clitus.

Creative forms:
(female) Ceio, Cliol, ..

(male) Cliosi, Clioul, ..

Middle name pairings:
Clio Mariah (C.M.), ..

How popular is Clio?

Clio is an uncommonly occurring first name for females. Clio is an equally uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Clio (unlisted) listed in the Top 2000 are Calliope (#1150 a year ago), Cleo (#1755), Cleona, Cleone, Cleopatra, Cleta and Cliona. These forms of Clio reached the top of their popularity 105 years ago (average #1271) and have become significantly less conventional since, with the version Cleo becoming less trendy. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

Clio is alike in pronunciation to Chloe, Claea, Clo, Cloe, Cloey, Klea and Kloe. Other suggested similar names are Cai, Cain, Cait, Cali, Calico, Calie, Calin, Caro, Cato, Ceil, Celia, Celie, Chiyo, Cili, Cilia, Cis, Clair, Clem, Coco and Cris. These names tend to be more commonly used than Clio.

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