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Language(s)Old English (Anglo Saxon)
Other names
See alsoArlow, Arlowe, Arrlo, Harlowe

Arlo (pronounced AR-loh) is a given name for males. From Old English, it is believed to be derived from the Anglo-Saxon here 'army, fortified, troops; war-' and hlaw 'mound, cairn, hill,' thereby meaning 'fortified hill.'[1][2] Arlo can also be a variant of Harley and the first formant in Arlene, which derive from Old English har "hare", "rabbit" and ear(n) "eagle".[3] The second formant, giving -lo(w), -l(e)y, etc. are topographic names, such as the hlaw mentioned above. For example, the ancestors of today's lee (and name Lee), loch, etc.


Arts and sciences[edit]

  • Arlo Bates (1850–1918), American author, educator and newspaperman
  • Arlo Gilliam (born 1977), American singer-songwriter and record producer
  • Arlo Guthrie (born 1947), American folk singer
  • Arlo Haskell, historian, poet, literary organizer, and publisher
  • Arlo Hemphill (born 1971), American explorer, ocean conservationist and film actor
  • Arlo U. Landolt (born 1935), American astronomer
  • Arlo Parks (born 2000), British musician
  • Arlo West (born 1958), American singer/songwriter



  • Arlo L. Olson (1918–1943), American military officer and recipient of the Medal of Honor



  • Arlo Brunsberg (born 1940), former professional baseball player
  • Arlo Bugeja (born 1986), Australian speedway rider
  • Arlo Chavez (born 1966), Filipino boxer who has competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics
  • Arlo Eisenberg (born 1973), American aggressive inline skater
  • Arlo White (born 1973), English sports commentator

Fictional characters[edit]



  • Arlo Pear, in the 1988 comedy film Moving, portrayed by Richard Pryor
  • Arlo, in the 2002 comedy film Orange County, played by Kyle Howard
  • Arlo, the lead character in the 2015 Pixar film The Good Dinosaur
  • Arlo Beauregard, the lead titular character in the 2021 Netflix film Arlo the Alligator Boy, voiced by Michael J. Woodard


  • one of the titular characters of Arlo and Janis, an American comic strip


  1. ^ "Old English First Names". FamilyEducation. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  2. ^ "Arlo: Name Meaning, Popularity, and Similar Names". Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  3. ^ Searle, William George (1897). Onomasticon Anglo-Saxonicum: A List of Anglo-Saxon Proper Names from the Time of Beda to that of King John. Cambridge University Press. pp. 1–4. ISBN 978-1-107-60864-1.