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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. The origin of the name is unclear. 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.' 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". 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 West (born 1958), American singer/songwriter



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


  • Arlo Hettle (born 1999), American political organizer
  • Arlo Hullinger (born 1921), American politician
  • Arlo Looking Cloud (born 1954), Native American activist
  • Arlo Schmidt (born 1931), American politician
  • Arlo Smith, former District Attorney of San Francisco, California


  • 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]