“-io” Baby Names: Rio, Gio, Lio…

A few weeks ago we looked at all the “-ia” names that have ever appeared in the SSA data. So today let’s do the same thing for the masculine equivalent, -io.

Here are all the permutations 3-letter -io names, ordered by 2018 popularity levels:

  • Rio (currently the 1,134th most popular name for baby boys)
  • Gio (1,951st)
  • Lio (4,533rd)
  • Pio (6,571st)
  • Dio (7,696st)
  • Mio (8,562nd)
  • Nio (9,363rd)
  • Jio (currently unlisted)
  • Kio (currently unlisted)
  • Tio* (currently unlisted)

Which of the above –io names do you like best? Why?

*Tio, which happens to be the Spanish word for “uncle” (but is also used as a slang term for “guy” or “dude” in Spain) was a relatively high-hitting one-hit wonder in 1983. Any idea what the influence might have been? Commercials for Tio Sancho foods perhaps?

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