The name is a Spanish and Italian form of the Latin male name, Maurus, which may have been originally used as a nickname for someone with dark hair or a dark complexion.
The name was borne by numerous saints.
Currently, Mauro is the 58th most popular male name in Belgium, (2008). His rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 83 (Croatia, 2010)
- # 336 (Netherlands, 2010)
Other forms of the name include:
- Mawr Маўр (Belarusian)
- Maur (Catalan/Czech/French/Polish/Slovak)
- Mauro (Croatian/Dutch/German/Italian/Portuguese/Spanish)
- Mór (Hungarian)
- Maurus (Latin)
- Mavr Мавр (Russian/Ukrainian)
- Mauru (Sardinian)
A feminine form is Maura.