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What does Mario mean?

Mario Pronunciation of Mario [mario] as a boys' 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.

Associated with: star, sea.


Mario has 3 variants: Marianus, Marius and Meirion.

14 more different relations via Mariano, Mark: Marc, Marco, Marcos, Marcus, Marek, Marianos, Marimo, Markey, Marko, Markos, Markov, Markus, Marq and Marque.

Creative forms:
(male) Macrio, Morrio, ..

(female) Mado, Masi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Mario Khristian (M.K.), ..

How popular is Mario?

Mario is a very prominent first name for males (#143 out of 1220, Top 12%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#30091 out of 150436, Top 20%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Mario entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its top position of #111 in the U.S. in the 1980s, and is currently at #284. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Mario (#284 last year) appearing in the Top 2000 are Marcus (#168 last year), Mark (#196), Marco (#320), Marcos (#406), Marc (#673), Markus (#865), Mariano (#1152), Marek (#1489), Marko (#1601), Mary and Marius. These forms of Mario were popular as baby names during the years 1960-1969 (median #812) and are now much less popular (#929, 83% less usage), with versions like Marc becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mario, Marc, Marco, Marcos, Marcus in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marek, Mariano, Marius, Mark, Marko in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Markus, Mary in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Marc, Marcus, Mark, Markus outside U.S.

Similar Names

Mario is pronounced similarly to Mareo, Maro, Maureo, Maurie, Maurio, Mauro, Maury, Meiri, Moray, Morey, Mori, Morio, Morrie, Morrow, Morry, Murrow and Murry. Other suggested similar names are Arrio, Caio, Dacio, Darcio, Dario, Fabio, Ilario, Macario, Maceo, Macerio, Mahir, Maik, Majid, Makario, Malik, Malin, Maliq, Mano, Manzo, Mar, Mar-, Marcio, Mardon, Marik, Marino, Marinor (see Marriner), Marinos, Marion, Marlin, Marloe, Marly, Marom, Marr, Mars, Marsh, Mart, Marti, Martie, Martin, Martino, Marton, Marty, Marve, Marvin, Marx, Marzo, Mateo, Matico, Maurin, Maxie, Maxim, Mayo, Meril, Merit, Morino, Moris, Moriz and Tadio. These names tend to be less frequently used than Mario.