how many kids do you know called Arlo and what are they like?

(96 Posts)
gertrudestein Thu 04-Apr-13 15:08:48

I love this name, probably because it comes with NO connotations. I don't know anyone called Arlo apart from Arlo Guthrie.

However, I know it has shot up in popularity recently and friends of mine who already have kids casually tell me they know 4 or 5 Arlos. I don't want to give DS a faddy name, so I'm trying to guage how popular it really is.

So - as in the title: how many kids do you know called Arlo and what are they like?

(second bonus question: what do you imagine Arlo to be like?)

gymboywalton Thu 04-Apr-13 15:10:00

i don't know any kids called arlo
i think it's a dft name

i would expect an arlo to have slightly pretentious parents

BackforGood Thu 04-Apr-13 15:11:05



Sounds like a Tweenie to me

Chocotrekkie Thu 04-Apr-13 15:12:00

It's the name of the king vampire in twilight - that's what I would associate it with.... Sorry..

Heard it a couple of times recently for new babies but don't know any older ones with this name.

LaVitaBellissima Thu 04-Apr-13 15:12:07

I know one, lives in Australia aged 2, very cute blonde water baby

JamieandtheMagicTorch Thu 04-Apr-13 15:12:47


Nice boy

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Thu 04-Apr-13 15:13:34

My ds4 is rudi arlo after arlo guthrie! We love the name and dont know any others.

Chrck the national name statistics to get an idea if how popular it is but i dont think it was in the top 100 last yr.

VivClicquot Thu 04-Apr-13 15:13:47

Arlo was our chosen boys name - but we were destined to have two girls. grin

Don't know any others and quite frankly, I think its the coolest boys name going. Am v envyof anyone who gets to use it!

gertrudestein Thu 04-Apr-13 15:14:23

Ha ha - wow, I didn't know about Twilight! That is pretty disappointing (am prepared to accept I may be slightly pretentious, but a Twilight fan ...!) shock

AngryFeet Thu 04-Apr-13 15:14:45

I only know one and it is his middle name.

I kind of like it and kind of don't

VivClicquot Thu 04-Apr-13 15:14:45

Actually that's a lie - I do know one, a and he is also in Australia. Must be 3 or 4 years old now. Still envy!

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Thu 04-Apr-13 15:15:04

My rudi arlo is fab, blonde hair, blue eyrs and utterly adorable not that i any way biased!

gertrudestein Thu 04-Apr-13 15:15:11

Thanks 5eggs and Viv, I think you both have excellent taste!

sjupes Thu 04-Apr-13 15:19:07


Agree with pretentious parents but it depends on the area you live and who you associate with - if your friends kids are clarrissa penelope and cuthbert its fine but if they are david nathan and britney then noooooo chance it won't get your baby bullied sad

It's rubbish i'll admit but it's how britain seems to work.

lollypopsicle Thu 04-Apr-13 15:22:28

I know non and think its fab name. We can't use any name ending in O due to dounding crap with our surname so I'm also envy

MacCrackles Thu 04-Apr-13 15:28:08

I know of a baby about 6 months old or so. No idea about his personality and I'm afraid I can't remember his older siblings' names <helpful> but I do remember thinking Arlo was an unusual choice given their names. I quite like it but then I do like more unusual names.

Littleturkish Thu 04-Apr-13 15:31:17

I know a very handsome and cool Arlo from SA.

I like it but wouldn't personally use it.

TheCatInTheHairnet Thu 04-Apr-13 15:36:16

Similar (but different!), I have an Arlie. He's 16 and awesome, even if I do say so myself.

gertrudestein Thu 04-Apr-13 15:37:35

Lovely name TheCat, is that short for anything?

Jemimapuddleduk Thu 04-Apr-13 15:39:42

I know one and he is a lovely, very well behaved toddler. I don't think it's a pretentious name at all.

Caitycat Thu 04-Apr-13 15:41:32

I know one aged 6 months. Mum is quite nice but self-appointed expert on everything to do with babies so a bit irritating. Not keen on the name Myself but have heard other mums gushing to her about how nice it is!

RatPants Thu 04-Apr-13 15:45:58

We considered it, one of DH's favourite professional skateboarders is named Arlo Eisenberg but when we mentioned it people looked confused and said "Harlow?" grin so we chose something else.

racingheart Thu 04-Apr-13 15:48:55

I know one. He is stunningly good looking with long dark curls and is ace at sports. The girls all chase him. His name suits him. I like it.

TheCatInTheHairnet Thu 04-Apr-13 15:58:34

Gertrude, no. It's just Arlie. Arls for short!!

TheSecondComing Thu 04-Apr-13 16:04:28

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humblebumble Thu 04-Apr-13 16:13:09

I don't particularly like it or dislike it ...

I think if you like it I wouldn't worry about what everyone else thinks. He will grow into the name and you will love it even more.

I am surprised that people mention bullying when talking about names. Is it really that common to be bullied about a name?

bigbluebump Thu 04-Apr-13 16:34:10

In my experience kids accept most names as a given. Whether their pals are called John, James, Jamin or Jonty doesn't matter! We have kids from all over the world so lots of names and noone bats an eyelid.

Unless your kid's name is Willy or Poopoohead I would not worry about bullying! But it seems that some parents (see above) do think that some names are teaseworthy.... I bet their kids wouldn't smile.

bigbluebump Thu 04-Apr-13 16:34:59

I meant at our school are kids from all over the world, not that we have them grin.

FriggFRIGG Thu 04-Apr-13 17:18:19

We have an Arlo,he's 2 1/2.
We are not pretentious nor are we twilight fans...

I've not met another.

My Arlo has brown/blonde curly hair,bright blue eyes,the biggest and most adorable smile I've ever seen.
he'd charm the birds from the trees that boy.
He tells me he loves me "so so Much" every day,he's thoughtful and kind,he adores his older sister,biscuits,books,puddles and the Octonauts.

But you shouldn't use it,because it's his name,and everyone should stop nicking it wink

FriggFRIGG Thu 04-Apr-13 17:19:26

Shurrup TSC tis not faddy,it's brilliant.

I don't know anyone called Arlo, think it is a nice name though!

VinegarDrinker Thu 04-Apr-13 17:25:22

It's definitely getting more popular. Middle class in the same way as Felix etc IME.

I can't hear it without thinking someone is saying Harlow though, with an East London/Essex accent. If you have ever been to Harlow, you'll know why this is Not A Good Thing.

ChasingStaplers Thu 04-Apr-13 17:25:36

I know one. Parents are very down to earth and lovely. He is sweet, cuddly, cheeky and easy going. (He's 3)

lockets Thu 04-Apr-13 17:30:16

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redandwhitesprinkles Thu 04-Apr-13 17:32:08

3 all under 2. London. I think a little but pretentious but ok.

gertrudestein Thu 04-Apr-13 17:34:56

Frigg your Arlo sounds magnificent!

Twentytotwo Thu 04-Apr-13 17:39:01

Balls. Bloody Twilight.

It's a lovely name and I know one 13 year old and know (of) the BBC sports commentator Arlo White. I wouldn't use it with the Twilight link sad

Frettchen Thu 04-Apr-13 17:44:09

A bit of a dated reference, but there was an Arlo in the last series of 24. I want to say he was one of the good guys...

TheSecondComing Thu 04-Apr-13 17:47:35

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thermalsinapril Thu 04-Apr-13 17:59:40


Lovely name!

FriggFRIGG Thu 04-Apr-13 18:05:37

S'alright I forgive you....
I love his name anyway,I can't imagine him being called anything else....I wish I could remember how to upload a photo,then I could unleash his cuteness on you all grin

Dededum Thu 04-Apr-13 18:28:22

Only problem is the lyrics for Alice's Restaurant keep popping into my head, great song. Going to have to download it now.

Blu Thu 04-Apr-13 18:32:31

A lovely lad, very intelligent.
London boho parents. But not pretentious.

I think it's a great name and may well have considered it for DS had we thought of it.

sjupes Thu 04-Apr-13 18:46:09

the kids don't judge names but unfortunately a lot of parents do sad loads of names i've liked for my dcs have been openly mocked by people i know <and like!> irl.

fwiw a few of them i wish i'd braved out!

AThingInYourLife Thu 04-Apr-13 18:56:12


One 3, one 2

Both gorgeous.

It is very faddy.

4 years ago Arlo Guthrie was the only Arlo on earth.

Now he has an army of British pre-schoolers at his command.

It's unsettling.

laura0007 Thu 04-Apr-13 19:00:22

It's not Arlo in twilight. It's Aro! So you don't need to worry about tat. Love the name it's my boys name if I ever have one!

BuntyPenfold Thu 04-Apr-13 20:53:27

I know one. He is 4 and , er, spirited smile

sandberry Thu 04-Apr-13 21:44:37

3 newborns in the past 12 months.
I think of Arlo as a 'mumsnet' name, a bit middle class but not really poncy, private school, more lefty, moving to the country side or living in Hackney, local 'good' state primary, professional parents who want to be a bit different (but perhaps don't realise everyone else has the same idea, hence there being three Arlo's in the class)

KenDoddsDadsDog Thu 04-Apr-13 21:57:18

I don't know any and I too think of it as a mumsnet name. It appears on threads all the time but I haven't met a real life one.

dabdab Thu 04-Apr-13 22:00:47

Know 1, southeast, under 6. Sweet but very away with the fairies.

BridalSuite Thu 04-Apr-13 22:17:45

Don't know any but it s FAB....I would see it as a middle class name and a little Arlo wold probably have quite trendy or quirky parents! smile

BeehavingBaby Thu 04-Apr-13 22:24:30

3 under 7, all lovely, all liberal middle class parents.

IroningBoredDaily Thu 04-Apr-13 22:41:30


WidowWadman Thu 04-Apr-13 22:42:52

There's one in my daughter's preschool and he's very cute

ChippingInIsEggceptional Thu 04-Apr-13 22:51:56

One - he's an MNers DS grin He is very very cute & very well behaved - he even had a go at 'knitting' & 'crocheting' with us!

Beatrixpotty Thu 04-Apr-13 23:32:54

I know 1,he's nearly 2.Sandberry has described his mum quite well!!

DaveMccave Fri 05-Apr-13 01:11:19

lockets can you link me to the source that tells you how many we're born, or did you work it out?

I'm hoping to use a similar 'style' name. Seeing it on MN a lot has worried me its much more popular than I thought. It's a similar name stat in 2011 to Arlo (which I also love) and I thought that sounded pretty high, but if its only about 200 babies a year that's lower than I thought...

The 'mums net' name thing is ringing very true for me. I keep being put off names by how often I see them mentioned on here buy I think the reality is a lot different.

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Fri 05-Apr-13 01:15:08

My dd's name is being mentionrd om mnet more recently but the statisyics show in the last three years there have been.less than 30 childten given her mame each yr so tho it seems popular on mnet its not in rl. i do hope it doesnt become massivrly popular!

rockinhippy Fri 05-Apr-13 01:20:38

1 - he's very very charming & has a soft spot for DD, he's only 7 but already knows to charm mum first, gives me carefully wrapped & decorated packages with sweets & notes inviting her for coffee, telling me he knew I must be her mum, because I'm pretty like DD (hahaha) & I loved his home made serial killer style (cut out newsprint) valentines card.

He will be a real lady killer when he's growngrin

FriggFRIGG Fri 05-Apr-13 09:06:58

here's a link Dave to a website with all the stats,just type in a name and it'll tell you the no of DC born in each year from 1996-2010.

thepartysover Fri 05-Apr-13 09:54:16

This is currently my top choice on the baby list... I was actually thinking of posting a similar thread - perhaps that says something?!

MandragoraWurzelstock Fri 05-Apr-13 09:57:57

I don't know any. I think a child with this name would be just like any other child tbh.

Parents OTOH smile would be aspirational.

It just makes me think of Harlow. Sorry.

thepartysover Fri 05-Apr-13 10:02:58

Also, as as side note, I'm not sure I trust the baby name stats website - it claims there weren't any children born with my DS's name in 2010, but I can assure you he is a very real, very sticky, tantrum-throwing thing!

ThisIsYourSong Fri 05-Apr-13 10:04:22

I know two, one is 4, longish blonde curly hair, a real character and parents slightly hippy but slightly arty but professional jobs. The other is 3, sporty looking, parents are cop / teacher. Pretty different really and I think it suits them both!

DaveMccave Fri 05-Apr-13 14:09:44

Thanks frigg I'd been using that but hadn't paid much attention to the graph only the chart number, oops!

thepartysover they show as 0 if 2 or less have been born, for confidentiality. So you picked a truly unique name that year smile

thepartysover Fri 05-Apr-13 19:27:28

DaveMccave - I didn't know that! smile

mewkins Fri 05-Apr-13 20:34:20

I know two between 18mths and 4 yo. I think it sounds a bit try hard personally. (Also sounds like how my dad would pronounce Harlow!)

thepartysover Sat 06-Apr-13 11:51:56

I wonder when the baby name stats website will be updated... obviously a lot can change in 3 years.

NumberOneNumpty Sat 06-Apr-13 12:12:53

Not read the whole thread so somebody else might have said this, but the head baddy vampire in Twilight is Aro not Arlo.

LastOrdersAtTheBra Sat 06-Apr-13 22:30:14

Arlo is a fab name, I also have a gorgeous one... might have first heard it suggested from Frigg, so it possibly counts as a MN name... grin

MsMarple Sat 06-Apr-13 22:37:18

I only know one - he is 6 and absolutely lovely, and I'm not even biased as he isn't mine.

FriggFRIGG Sat 06-Apr-13 23:56:54

grin @ LastOrders

toobreathless Sun 07-Apr-13 03:37:55

None, we are on north east but have lots of friends in SE too.

Seems to be banded about a lot on here though.

sleepywombat Sun 07-Apr-13 06:20:18

I know 2 - 1 in Brighton, 1 in London. I see it as a mumsnet name too - a little on the try-hard/pretentious side.

Incapinka Sun 07-Apr-13 06:38:05

I know one and he's mine! He has a more normal middle name in case he didn't like it when he's older. Neither DH or I are pretentious but we didn't want to call him a name that 5 of his classmates would share. Although it now seems to be heading that way grin. He's 2, blond and scrumptious. (Slightly biased!!) Grandparents were a bit blushoriginally at the name (except my DF who loves arlo Guthrie!) but they now love it as they associate it with him. If you love it go for it.

Rhubarbgarden Sun 07-Apr-13 07:17:41

I know three, an adult and two preschoolers. I think the adult is rather startled about the sudden surge in popularity of a name he's been forced to repeat and spell for the last thirty odd years.

Lovethesea Sun 07-Apr-13 12:28:52

Gets me with the similarity to Harlow too I'm afraid.

Catbert4pm Sun 07-Apr-13 13:05:23

I like the name, it makes me think of Arlo Guthrie, but, since last summer it also reminds me of the little sh*t who did his best to ruin a cave tour for the rest of the group:

Arlo stop it! Arlo come here! Arlo don't do that! Arlo, come down from there! I'm warning you Arlo! Arlo! Arlo!! Arlo!!!

Apart from yelling at him repeatedly, his parents did nothing. He was so badly behaved that I decided to refrain from remonstrating in case he had special needs and was worthy of more tolerance.

The little sh*t!

But, on balance, I do still think Arlo is a nice name!

ENormaSnob Sun 07-Apr-13 15:46:27

I really like it and it's on my short list for dc4 (due today!)

I do reckon it will end up top 20 over the next few years though.

MrsJohnDeere Sun 07-Apr-13 17:02:09


AThingInYourLife Sun 07-Apr-13 17:08:24

Congrats ENorma - will look out for birth announcement smile

Badvoc Sun 07-Apr-13 17:10:55

It's aro in twilight, not Arlo.
I like it.

Badvoc Sun 07-Apr-13 17:11:43

<feels a bit sad she knows that>

Floggingmolly Sun 07-Apr-13 17:20:08

There are thousands of names that don't have any connotations...
Arlo is trying too hard to be cool not quite getting there.

ENormaSnob Sun 07-Apr-13 19:10:15

Thanks athing smile

Hoping not too much longer!

Ihatepeas Sun 07-Apr-13 21:47:51

Never met one and as a nanny/ preschool teacher I meet a lot of kids!

TheCatIsUpTheDuff Sun 07-Apr-13 22:04:22

I used to know one, he'd be about 30 now. His parents were big Guthrie fans. He was very tall, very clever, searingly witty and a fabulous cook, but had a frightening temper.

CurryChip Sun 07-Apr-13 22:28:55

In 2012 it was ranked at 281 so that was 158 boys named Arlo!

CurryChip Sun 07-Apr-13 22:29:14

Sorry that should be 2011

1944girl Sun 07-Apr-13 22:30:13

I think the newsreader Natasha Kaplinski named her son Arlo.

CurryChip Sun 07-Apr-13 22:31:41

And in 2010 it was ranked at 305 soit is on the rise....but for a reason it's gorgeous.

olivertheoctopus Sun 07-Apr-13 22:45:40

None. It's probably a tiny bit too out there for me but not hugely so.

carlywurly Sun 07-Apr-13 22:53:16

I know 3, all from posh, slightly bohemian families, if that helps.
Siblings have similarly nice but unusual names.

birdofthenorth Sun 07-Apr-13 22:55:38

Know one, age two, gorgeous little boy. Love the name.

Gwennan Tue 09-Apr-13 10:43:32

I really like it but I think it is faddy. It seems to be climbing quickly, which puts me off it a bit. I'd be inclined to name my son Charles - way more popular but such a classic - and nickname him Arlo. I don't think it is too much of a stretch! xxx

arlojaeklagmai Thu 21-Nov-13 19:46:36

Hmmmm Hello there everyone, but my name is ARLO, and I just found out my name's meaning is awesome and that it is famous somewhere in London, and I'm a filipino, which makes me really awesomer :D

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