Gender Masculine & Feminine
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Meaning & History
Italian variant of Giò, which is a short form of Giovanni (masculine) and Giovanna (feminine) and of some other Italian given names starting with Gio-.Outside of Italy, the name Gio is usually a short form of only Giovanni (and its variants) and Giovanna (and its variants), as those names have also gained hold in other countries. It should be noted, though, that Gio is much more commonly found on males than on females there.Known bearers of this name include the Italian architect Giovanni "Gio" Ponti (1891-1979), the Italian-American computer scientist Giovanni "Gio" Wiederhold (b. 1936), the Dutch retired soccer player Giovanni "Gio" van Bronckhorst (b. 1975) and the Mexican soccer player Giovani "Gio" dos Santos (b. 1989).