The name was originally a short form for any name ending in -nino, but is now used as an independent given name. Its usage has spread outside of Italy.
As of 2010, Nino was the 74th most popular male name in France. His rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 75 (Croatia, 2009)
- # 82 (Slovenia, 2010)
- # 465 (Netherlands, 2011)