Meaning and name origin
Mario \m(a)-rio\ as a boy's name is pronounced MAR-ee-oh. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Mario is "manly". From Marius. Also used as masculine form of Mary (Latin) "star of the sea" and variant of Mark. See also Mariano. New York governor Mario Cuomo; chef Mario Batali.
Mario is a very popular first name for males (#143 out of 1220, Top 12%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#28669 out of 88799, Top 32%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Mario for boys. Mario reached its highest rank of #111 in the U.S. in 1980-1989. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Mario and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Mark (#189), Mario (#270), Mary and Mariano. (2014 statistics).
Mario is also pronounced similarly to Mareo, Maro, Maureo, Maurie, Maurio, Mauro, Mori and Morio. Other suggested similar baby names are Dario▼, Mahir, Mar, Mar-, Marcio, Marco▲, Marik, Marimo, Marino, Marion▼, Marko, Marr and Marzo. These names tend to be less commonly used than Mario.