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Meaning and Name Origin

Arlo \a-rlo, ar-lo\ as a boys' name is pronounced AR-loh. It is of Spanish origin, and the meaning of Arlo is "barberry tree". Also Italian variant of Charles. Became popular in the early 1970s, possibly due to the fame of folksinger Arlo Guthrie.


Arlo has 3 variants: Arlow, Arlowe and Arrlo.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Harlow.

Arlo has 27 more related forms via Charles: Carel, Carl, Carlo, Carlos, Carrol, Carroll, Cary, Caryl, Chad, Charleson, Charley, Charlie, Charlot, Charls, Charlton, Charly, Chas, Chaz, Chick, Chip, Chuck, Karel, Karl, Karol, Karolek, Karolik and Karoly.


Arlo is an uncommon first name for men. Arlo is an equivalently rare last name too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Arlo for boys. Arlo entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its highest rank of #539 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Arlo name in U.S.

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

Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Arlo and related names. Popular variation forms of Arlo (#539 a year ago) ranked in the Top 1000 are Carl (#613 a year ago), Carlo, Carlos (#117), Carrol, Carroll, Cary, Chad (#703), Charles (#51), Charley, Charlie (#225), Chas, Chaz, Chip, Chuck and Karl. These boy names reached the top of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 and are now much less widespread, with forms like Carl, Carlo, Chad, Chaz and Karl falling out of fashion. Arlo (#539), Carlos (#117) and Charlie (#225) are three of the more chic boy names among these, with Arlo and Charlie enjoying a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Arlo, Carl, Carlo, Carlos, Carrol, Carroll, Cary, Chad, Charles, Charley in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Charlie, Chas, Chaz, Chip, Chuck, Karl in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carl, Charles, Charlie, Karl outside U.S.

Similar Names

Arlo is alike in pronunciation to Arlea, Arley, Arlie, Arly and Erly. Other recommended similar baby names are Arel, Ario, Arno, Arto, Aryo and Aurelo. These names tend to be more commonly used than Arlo.