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Shortened from Cleopatra or a variant of Clio. The rare male name derives from names of Ancient Greek origin such as Cleon and Cleopas.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name.
    • 2016, Leanna Sain, Red Curtains, The Wild Rose Press Inc →ISBN
      “You're shy...too shy. Of course, with “friends” like Ellie and a name like Cleo, what do you expect? Why couldn't your mother have named you something normal, like Ann or Beth or Melissa? Why did she have to be all into ancient Egyptian history and name you after Queen Cleopatra? Who does that to a baby? A normal name would've saved you a lot of teasing growing up.”
  2. A male given name.