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Gender: male
Pronunciation: MAR-ee-oh, MAHR-yo, MAH-ryo, MAR-ee-o
Meaning: manly, soft, tender
Related Names: Mareo, Maria, Mariano, Marianus, Marion, Marius, Maurio, Meirion, -o

Length: 5 Gender: {{#if male



Rank in 2000s: 176


Name: mario Origin: Latin,, Meaning (no case): manly, soft, tender



The name Mario originates as an old Roman surname from the Latin “Marius.” Theories suggest the name stems from “Mars,” the Roman mythological God of War, from the Latin “mas” meaning “manly,” or from the Greek “malakoz” meaning “soft” or “tender.” The name as become associated with the Virgin Mary by acting as a masculinized form of “Maria.”

The name “Mario” has been commonly used in Italy, Spain and Portugal.


According to the 1990 United States Census [1], Mario ranked as the 143rd most popular male first name, the 2,157th most popular female first name and the 28,669th most popular last name. In the United States, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular boys' names eleven decades since 1880.

According to the Social Security Administration [1], in the 21st century, the name ranked in the Top 200 most popular boys' names every year from 2000 (167th) through 2006 (178th).

United States Popularity of the boy's name Mario in the 21st Century:

  • Year: 2006 Rank:178th
  • Year: 2005 Rank:179th
  • Year: 2004 Rank:178th
  • Year: 2003 Rank:167th
  • Year: 2002 Rank:171st
  • Year: 2001 Rank:170th
  • Year: 2000 Rank:167th


  • January 19th is celebrated in Hungary, Slovakia and Estonia in honor of the name Mario.
  • December 19th is celebrated in Estonia in honor of the name Mario.
  • The name “Mario” has been bestowed upon babies of celebrities Claudio Arrau León and Mario Van Peebles.


  • “Mario” is a fictional video game character who has starred in many Nintendo games, including the famous line of “Mario Brothers” games, and has become Nintendo’s mascot. Video games featuring Mario include “Super Mario Brothers,” “Super Mario Kart,” “Super Paper Mario” and “Super Mario World.”
  • “Mario” is the name of an album by R&B singer Mario.


  • Mario Matthew Cuomo – Fifty-sixth Governor of New York (1983 – 1994).
  • Mario Batali – Italian American chef, author and television personality.
  • Mario J. Molina – Won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1995.
  • Mario Lemieux – Former professional hockey player (center) who won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, an Olympic gold medal with Canada, two World Cups of Hockey (one of which was called the Canada Cup) and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997. He is currently principal owner and chairman of the board of the Pittsburgh Penguins.


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Author: Rich Kachold, +Sabertooth

Facts about MarioRDF feed
Gender male  +
Length 5  +
Meaning manly, soft, tender  +
Meaningnc manly, soft, tender  +
Name mario  +
Origin Latin  +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation MAR-ee-oh, MAHR-yo, MAH-ryo, MAR-ee-o  +
Rank in 2000s 176  +
Related Mareo  +, Maria  +, Mariano  +, Marianus  +, Marion  +, Marius  +, Maurio  +, Meirion  +, and -o  +
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