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Quick Facts on Mario

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Italian, Latin, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 255
Simple meaning:
God of war, virile, male

Characteristics of Mario

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Mario

The name Mario is the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese version of the old Latin name Marius. The name is likely connected with Mars, the god of war in Roman mythology. It may also be connected to the Latin “mas, marem” meaning ‘male, virile.’ Occasionally, Mario is taken for the equivalent of Maria therefore associating it with the cult of the Virgin Mary (very popular in the Latin and Hispanic populations). In this instance, Mario would be derived from the Latin “maris” which means ‘sea.’ The name Mario is not as wide spread among English-speaking countries unless the parent has Italian or Spanish/Portuguese ancestry. It is interesting to note that Mario was the 12th most popular boy’s name in Spain in 2009. It was not ranked as high in Italy or Portugal.

Popularity of the Name Mario

The usage of the name Mario in America was first influenced by the Italian immigrants, and then later by the Hispanic/Latino population. Either way, for Americans, the name Mario has Italian written all over it (thanks in large part to Mario Puzo, the author of quintessential Italian-American novel, The Godfather). The first and largest wave of Italian Americans to the United States came between 1880 and 1920. During this period, we see Mario debut on the naming charts and grow significantly. The name reaches what appears to be a plateau for a few decades and then starts increasing in usage once again. This time, it’s the growing Latino population in the United States that pushed the name’s position up the charts in the latter half of the 20th century. The name already reached the height of its popularity in the 1980s when it came close to a spot on the Top 100 list of most commonly used boy names. Today it’s no longer a Top 200, but still a familiar, well-known name. Mario embodies the virility and masculinity of its etymology. Yet there’s also a gentleness to this name that makes it equally as appealing.
Popularity of the Boy Name Mario
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Mario

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Mario

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Mario

    Mario We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Mario.

  • Popular Songs on Mario

    Popular Songs on Mario

    Mario (Your Own Way to Paradise) - a song by Bow Wow Wow

    Mario Man - a song by Super Furry Animals

    Mario's Cafe - a song by Saint Etienne

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Mario

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Mario

    Mario and Baby Gia (Mario Lopez) - Mario is having a hard time finding someone to play with. His sister, Marissa, is playing with Cousin Rosie, and his cousin Chico is off to baseball practice. When Nana asks Mario to babysit his cousin Gia while she bakes, he finds that babies can be a handful. But even when he feels that he has reached the end of his rope, it is baby Gia who reminds Mario that a family is built on love and caring. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Mario Sanchez: Better Than Ever (Nance Frank) - A celebration of the life and work of Key West artist Mario Sanchez (1908-2005) with 54 full-color reproductions of his painted relief carvings. His art showing street vendors, parades, rumba bands, cigar factories, ice-cream trucks, people out for a stroll has become symbolic of the picturesque diversity of Key West life in the 20th century. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Mario's Angels: A Story About the Artist Giotto (Mary Arrigan) - Young Mario wants to help the painter Giotto, and since the artist paints such realistic figures, Mario thinks he would like to pose. When a monk tells Giotto that something is missing from the sky in a picture the artist is working on, Giotto becomes upset. Mario has plenty of ideas about what to add--sunrise, clouds, rain--but Giotto rejects them all. Later, when Mario watches his father pick up baby Bianca, the family's little angel child, Mario gets the best idea of all--angels. Giotto is thrilled, and since he needs a model, who else but Mario? The watercolor artwork, cheery and child-friendly throughout, becomes more sophisticated in the representations of Giotto's pictures. Enhanced by appended information about frescoes, this makes a solid introduction to Giotto, his art, and beyond, but the nicest thing about it is that it's a good story, too. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Mario's Big Question: Where Do I Belong? (Carolyn Nystrom) - Adopted Mario tries to understand who he is, how he should relate to his birth and adoptive parents, and how he fits into his family. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Mario's Mayan Journey (McCunney Michelle) - Mario awoke with a start, and when he went outside, two Mayan children were waiting for him. Join Mario and his friends as they explore the land of the ancient Maya. Full color. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    On the Ice with Mario Lemieux (Matt Christopher) - Hockey has been a part of Mario Lemieux's life since his childhood. At the age of six he was holding his own against boys four years older; by the time he was sixteen, he had captured the attention of the National Hockey league, and soon after signed on with NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. At the 2002 Olympic Winter Games he captained the Canadian hockey team, leading them in their gold medal winning performance. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Mario

    Famous People Named Mario

    Famous People Named Mario - Mario Andretti (Indy car driver); Mario (entertainer); Mario Batali (American chef); Mario Botta (Swiss architect); Mario Capecchi (Nobel Prize winner, medicine); Mario Chalmers (basketball player); Mario Cuomo (former governor of New York); Mario Frangoulis (opera singer); Mario Lanza (opera singer); Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr. (aka Perez Hilton, celebrity gossip blogger); Mario Lemieux (hockey player); Mario Lopez (actor and TV host); Mario Mendoza (baseball player); Mario Puzo (author of The Godfather); Mario Sammarco (opera singer); Mario Sorrenti (photographer); Mario Van Peebles (director/actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Mario

    Children of Famous People Named Mario

    Famous People who Named their Son Mario - Mario Van Peebles (director/actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Mario - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Mario - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Mario.

Personality of the Boy Name Mario

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Mario

  • No Variations Found.
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