What does Mario mean?
Mario \m(a)-rio\ 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.
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. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Mario for boys. Mario entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its top position of #111 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is currently at #270. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Mario and associated names. Prominent varying forms of Mario (#270 last year) appearing in the Top 1000 are Marcus (#158 last year), Mark (#189), Marco (#308), Marcos (#404), Marc (#636), Markus (#737), Marques, Mary, Markell and Mariano. These boy names were at the height of their popularity in the year 1995 (usage of 0.5433%) and are now much less popular (usage 0.3907%, down 28.1%), with the versions Marc, Mariano, Marques and Mary becoming less trendy. The most fashionable birth names among these are Marcus (#158), Marco (#308), Mario (#270), Markus (#737) and Marcos (#404), with Marcus having a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Mario is pronounced similarly to Mareo, Maro, Maureo, Maurie, Maurio, Mauro, Mori and Morio. Other suggested similar baby names are Dario▼, Mahir, Mar, Mar-, Marcio, Marik, Marino, Marion▼, Marr and Marzo. These names tend to be less frequently used than Mario.