Gender: Masculine
Origin: Italian
Meaning: “pilgrim to Rome”
Eng (ROH-mee-o); It (roh-MAY-o)

The name is derived from the Latin romaeus which means “pilgrim to Rome”.

The name was introduced into the English speaking world via Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (1596).

Currently, Romeo ranks in as the 466th most popular name in the United States.

An Italian and Romansch feminine form is Romea, (roh-MAY-ah).

Other forms include:

  • Romeu (Catalan/Portuguese)
  • Roméo (French)
  • Rómeó (Hungarian/Icelandic)
  • Romaeus (Latin)

The designated name-day is February 25.