Mario: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Mario

Mario

Pronunciation: MAH-ree-oh (key)

Americans tend to think of Mario as an Italian name. It is indeed a classic in Italy, as well as for Italian Americans such as Governor Mario Cuomo and author Mario Puzo. (Not to mention Nintendo's pseudo-Italian Mario Brothers.) But Mario is actually used in several different languages and has become a steady favorite of Latino Americans. It's a charismatic, macho choice.

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Mario Lanza, opera singer
Mario Andretti, race car driver
Mario Moreno "Cantinflas" Mexican comic actor
Mario Kreutzberger, real name of entertainer Don Francisco
Mario Lopez, actor and entertainer
Mario Batali, chef
Mario Pei, linguist
Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian author.
Mario Minniti, Italian painter
Mario Puzo, author of "The Godfather"
Mario Barrett, an R&B singer who goes by simply Mario
Mario Manningham, an NFL player
Mario Lemieux, NFL player
Mario Monti, former prime minister of Italy
Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank

Mario in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Portait of Mario Varvogli," famous painting by Amadeo Modigliani
Super Mario Brothers from the Nintendo games
Mario, a character from the 1976 thriller "The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane."
Mario Auditore, from the videogame Assassin's Creed II.
Mario, the main character of the manga "Mario" by Masashi Kishimoto.

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