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Arlo - How popular / trendy exactly is it?

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Eggletina Sat 21-Jun-14 20:06:28

DP and I really like Arlo, but I'm reluctant to give a name that is really trendy or faddy. We live in Scotland and I discovered that last year there were only 17 Arlo's, which is encouraging. Is it really popular in England? Is it seen as a faddy name choice? I know that shouldn't matter if we like it but somehow it does...

TheMumatron Sat 21-Jun-14 20:10:34

I really like it and have only heard it about once or twice recently; however, I'm very much of the school...if YOU like it, don't worry how popular etc it is (says she who was originally adamant we weren't giving our son any top 100 name ;).

JamJimJam Sat 21-Jun-14 20:14:02

I like it and you're far enough away from ghastly Harlow for there to be an association.

TooSpotty Sat 21-Jun-14 20:16:34

I know two baby Arlos. But it's never going to be top ten. I wouldn't worry.

squoosh Sat 21-Jun-14 20:17:05

It's had a very recent rise from 0 - popular

florascotia Sat 21-Jun-14 20:26:04

You can see whether it's in the top 1000 in England and Wales here:

Now, I would not dream of saying the following to anyone with a lovely new baby, face to face, but you did ask:

Arlo/ Harlow (for which it is a short version) are not really my cup of tea. Have you ever been to Harlow New Town?? It has no present-day 'real life' hinterland, if you see what I mean. No connections in everyday culture, just a few passing film/TV mentions and /or celebs. It rather says 'trying too hard'.
I have HONESTLY, ABSOLUTELY no wish to harm/be unpleasant. But...

Runkittyrun Sat 21-Jun-14 20:29:47

Arlo was a recurring character in Justified here

DiamondsAndRust Sat 21-Jun-14 20:49:45

I like it. Think it is quite trendy at the moment, but doubt it's top 10 material. A very 'hipster' school friend of mine (British but now living in Brooklyn) has just called her new baby Arlo. Think you're far enough away from Harlow for people to get it confused with the town.

BlueStarsAtNight Sat 21-Jun-14 20:57:09

I'm in the south east and know a few baby Arlo's. TBH I'm not a fan, it sounds a bit try-hard/wannabe upper-class to me, and I'd definitely say it's faddy.

As you're the other end of the UK to me I guess it would have totally different feel, so if you love it go for it!

MrsBungle Sat 21-Jun-14 20:59:21

I like it. I only know 1 little arlo.

littlesupersparks Sat 21-Jun-14 21:01:17

I know of three - we are South West if that makes a difference xx

fantastickfox Sat 21-Jun-14 21:03:10

Was one in my daughter's previous nursery (she is 5) and have not met any others (but suspect may be more in the South/ London). I would place it in the try-hard/trendy category, along with Milo. If there were only 17 in Scotland I wouldn't stress about popularity!

Wadingthroughsoup Sat 21-Jun-14 21:04:05

flora Do you mean that Arlo is short for Harlow? I've never heard that before, I thought Arlo was a Spanish name confused

OP, I absolutely love it and would have chosen it for DS but OH vetoed it sad

OooOooTheMonkey Sat 21-Jun-14 21:10:46

I live near Harlow in Essex and people from Harlow pronounce it Arlo. With a nasty Essex twang. But as you're in Scotland I would say it's lovely if you like it smile

Churchillian Sat 21-Jun-14 21:12:04

I think someone is pulling your leg flora, Arlo is nothing to do with Harlow - it's more likely to be after this chap - it's a cool name but I know 3, 2 of which were born last year.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 21-Jun-14 21:30:41

A friend has an Arlo, a few months old. I've not come across another

Theonlyoneiknow Sun 22-Jun-14 01:16:45

Agree with the poster who said it sounds a bit try-too-hard

But I am very much go with what YOU like. The child will become that name

longestlurkerever Sun 22-Jun-14 11:42:14

I have come across a couple in London so I think it is gaining in popularity. It does sound a bit trendy to me, like Milo, but that's fine if you like it.

diddl Sun 22-Jun-14 12:08:54

I love Arlo!

I wanted to use it for my now 18yr old, but didn't go with surname.


Try hard?

It's a lovely name that has been around for years!

5madthings Sun 22-Jun-14 12:11:13

I love arlo, it's ds4's middle name after arlo Guthrie.

I know one little arlo, it's not very popular.

Deverethemuzzler Sun 22-Jun-14 12:17:48

I really like the name Arlo. I ran out of children so I had to use it on DS1's dog <that isn't meant to be an insult>

I too connect it with Mr Guthrie.

Me and 5mad tend to like the same names grin

diddl Sun 22-Jun-14 12:18:26

Yes, Arlo Guthrie was what drew me to it!

Marnierose Sun 22-Jun-14 13:59:15

It would be a bit faddy for me. But if you like it go for it. High are never going to please everyone.

StoneFoxMama Sun 22-Jun-14 18:50:51

I know an 8 year old one, I loved it (and Arlo Guthrie) so much I named my kitten (baby replacement) after him. He's pretty splendid looking.

MojitoCake Mon 23-Jun-14 11:19:46

I adore the name! I'm considering it as a middle name. Unusual yet trendy and will never be popular. I imagine he will be the only Arlo in his class at school.

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