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What does Rio mean?

Rio Pronunciation of Rio [rio] as a boys' name is pronounced REE-oh. It is of Spanish origin, and the meaning of Rio is "river". Place name; independent name and short form of names ending with -rio. Rio de Janiero, Brazil, which means "January river" in Portuguese. The Rio Grande is the boundary river between Texas and Mexico, and its name means "big river" in Spanish.

Associated with: river, big (great).


Rio has 1 variant: Reo.

Creative forms:
(male) Raio, Reio, ..

(female) Ri, Rine, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rio Carlos (R.C.), ..

How popular is Rio?

Rio is an uncommon given name for men but a very popular surname for all people (#17719 out of 150436, Top 12%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Rio was first listed in 1991 and reached its peak position of #1498 in the U.S. in 2010, and is currently at #1564. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Similar Names

Rio is alike in pronunciation to Rae, Rai, Ray, Raye, Rei, Reigh, Rey, Roe, Roi, Row, Rowe, Roy, Ruy, Rye, Ryu and Ryuu. Other suggested similar names are Pio, Ric, Rico, Rik, Rion, Rip and Rito. These names tend to be more frequently used than Rio.

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