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

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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?)

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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

Tye1981 Wed 29-Jul-15 11:59:24

Iv an Arlo aged 4 and he has a strong personality and keeps us on our toes

Treesandbees Wed 29-Jul-15 12:14:30

There is one at my sons nursery whose about a year old. I liked it until the girl off Towie named her little boy it!!

Coffeemarkone Wed 29-Jul-15 12:17:12

yes my nephew is called Arlo.

I have never met him but knowing his parents he probably says 'Arl-ay'

PallasCat Wed 29-Jul-15 13:11:34

I don't know any, myself. If you're worried about popularity I suggest as an alternative Orlo. Not sure of meaning/provenance but it is the name of a character in a PG Wodehouse novel, so is definitely not a new invention.

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