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What does Arlo mean?

Arlo /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.

Associated with: tree


Arlo has 3 variants: Arlow, Arlowe and Arrlo.

Affiliated boy name: Harlow.

Arlo has 4 more related forms via Charles: Carl, Carlo, Carlos and Karl.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Allo, Aral, ..

(female) Arlia, Arro, ..

How popular is Arlo?

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Arlo for boys. Arlo entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its highest rank of #539 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 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 usage of Arlo and related names. Popular variation forms of Arlo (#539 a year ago) ranked in the Top 2000 are Carl (#613 a year ago), Carlo (#1081), Carlos (#117), Charles (#51), Harlow and Karl (#1160). These forms of Arlo were favored 84 years ago (usage of 3.6%) and are now much less conventional (usage 0.6%, 82.8%), with forms like Carl becoming less fashionable. Charles is more widely used than the rest, though Arlo has become trendy as well over time.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Arlo, Carl, Carlo, Carlos, Charles in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Harlow, Karl in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Arlo is alike in pronunciation to Arlea, Arley, Arlie, Arly, Early, Erlie and Erly. Other recommended names are Aalok, Aaro, Abo, Adao, Ado, Al, Aldo, Alfo, Ali, Alldo (see Aldo), Allon, Alto, Aly, Anno, Anso, Apolo, Ara, Araldo, Aralt, Aram, Ard, Arda, Ardy, Arel, Aren, Ares, Ari, Aric, Arie, Ario, Arion, Aris, Arlan, Arlen, Arles, Arlin, Arlyn, Armon, Arn, Arni, Arno, Arnon, Arnot, Arnou, Arnow, Arny, Aroldo, Aron, Arrow, Arrt (see Arthur), Arto, Artro, Arty, Arun, Arvon, Arvy, Ary, Arye, Aryo, Aryon, Atilo, Atli, Atreo, Aurelo, Axl, Harlo, Lalo and Milo. These names tend to be more commonly used than Arlo.