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I never think of Romeo and Juliet. I always think of Romeo Santos.
― Anonymous User  11/19/2020
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My dog's name is Romeo, he's a Great Dane.
― Anonymous User  11/13/2020
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Romeo is also used in the countries of Armenia and Georgia. Just like Hamlet, it is one of the Shakespearean names that has found its way into both countries:

- http://armenian.name/index.php?a=term&d=1&t=1904 (in English)
- http://armenian.name/index.php?a=term&d=5&t=2162 (in Armenian)

Romeo is written as Ռոմեո in Armenian and as რომეო in Georgian.

Known Armenian bearers of this name include the soccer player Romeo Jenebyan (b. 1979) and the actor Romeo Muradyan (b. 1979):

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romeo_Jenebyan (in English)
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romeo_Muradyan (in English)

Known Georgian bearers include the wrestler Romeo Beridze (b. 1996) and the soccer player Romeo Kankia (b. 1992):

- Romeo Beridze: https://ka.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E1%83%A0%E1%83%9D%E1%83%9B%E1%83%94%E1%83%9D_%E1%83%91%E1%83%94%E1%83%A0%E1%83%98%E1%83%AB%E1%83%94 (in Georgian)
- Romeo Kankia: https://ka.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E1%83%A0%E1%83%9D%E1%83%9B%E1%83%94%E1%83%9D_%E1%83%99%E1%83%90%E1%83%9C%E1%83%99%E1%83%98%E1%83%90 (in Georgian)

For an example of an older Georgian bearer (since the two above are millennials), see this article from Valentine's Day 2019, in which Romeo Bulia talks about how he first met Maka, his wife of 25 years:

http://www.radioatinati.ge/akhali-ambebi/article/67512-siyvarulis-6-ambavi-foto-video-.html (in Georgian; includes a picture of the couple)

You can find many more bearers on social media. Armenian bearers can mostly be found on Facebook, whilst Georgian bearers can be found on both Facebook and LinkedIn (of which the Georgian version is https://ge.linkedin.com). When searching on Facebook, be sure to include a big city with the name, e.g. "Romeo" + "Yerevan" or "Romeo" + "Tbilisi". That way, the search results will be less cluttered with bearers from other countries.
Lucille  7/9/2020
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Rə-MAY-o and RO-mee-o (as in Romeo and Juliet) in English.
RHAWK3935  4/25/2020
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Romaeus has nothing to do with being a pilgrim to Rome, at least in an etymological or literal sense. After all, the Latin word for pilgrim is 'peregrinus' (also compare the related word 'peregrinator'):

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/peregrinus#Noun (in English)
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/peregrinator#Latin (in English)

What's more, there are few dictionary words (noun, verb or adjective) in Latin that start with Rom-... and Romaeus is *not* one of them!

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/resolveform?type=start&lookup=rom&lang=la (in English; there are only 8 such words)

This indicates that Romaeus is not a genuine Latin word or name. It must instead be of Greek origin, in which case it is of course latinized. I looked into this and it turns out that Ῥωμαῖος (Rhomaios) was a given name in ancient Greece:

• Rhomaios at Trismegistos: https://www.trismegistos.org/name/11881 (in English; also click on "Attestations by century", which shows that the name was used in the centuries BC)
• Rhomaios at the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names (LGPN): http://clas-lgpn2.classics.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/lgpn_search.cgi?namenoaccents=%CE%A1%CF%89%CE%BC%CE%B1%CE%B9%CE%BF%CF%82 (in English)
• see the entry for Rhomaios at Pavlos' Etymologica: http://web.archive.org/web/20120325073657/http://www.etymologica.com/page22.htm (in English)

It must be derived from the Greek word Ῥωμαῖος (Rhomaios), which can be an adjective meaning "of Rome, Roman" as well as be a noun meaning "Roman". In other words: it is basically the Greek equivalent of the Latin word and name Romanus.

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/morph?l=*(rwmai%3Dos&la=greek&can=*(rwmai%3Dos (in English)
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E1%BF%AC%CF%89%CE%BC%CE%B1%E1%BF%96%CE%BF%CF%82#Ancient_Greek (in English)
https://lsj.gr/wiki/%E1%BF%AC%CF%89%CE%BC%CE%B1%E1%BF%96%CE%BF%CF%82 (in English)

However, a derivation from the Greek noun ῥώμη (rhome) meaning "bodily strength, might" might also be possible in some cases:

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/morph?l=r(w%2Fmh&la=greek&can=r(w%2Fmh (in English)
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E1%BF%A5%CF%8E%CE%BC%CE%B7 (in English)
https://lsj.gr/wiki/%E1%BF%A5%CF%8E%CE%BC%CE%B7 (in English)

All in all: Romaeus is ultimately of Greek origin. One could consider it to be a Greco-Roman name in the same way that Atticus is. As such, the usage of "Ancient Greek (Latinized)" or at the very least "Late Greek (Latinized)" should be added to the entry for Romaeus.

P.S.: note that the correct transcription of the name really is Rhomaios. Only the modern Greek form is transcribed as Romaios.

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Lucille  4/14/2020
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Sounds nice, but wouldn't recommend it due to the strong association with Romeo and Juliet.
someone-  10/26/2019
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Roadside Romeo is the name of an Indian Disney movie as well as the main protagonist in said movie.
MarioDM02  4/30/2019
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Nope. Romeo is an awful name for a human. Maybe a pet.
kayisforkeen  7/30/2018
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I love the name Romeo! I think Romeo is a very handsome and romantic name. I do love to read & Shakespeare is an amazing author, as a name of one of his characters, I love it even more! I also love the nickname Rome.
CrayStay  4/4/2018
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Sorry to inform you but if you name your kid this, get ready for them to endure a lifetime of nonstop mockery. "Oh Romeo! Oh Romeo!..." And that's before the kid even graduates from elementary school! Spare a child the grief and name some beloved pet this instead.
― Anonymous User  3/13/2017
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You shouldn't criticize people based on an impulsive, fictional character created by a guy who may/ or may not exist
Just saying...
Gerald_R_Ford  3/7/2017
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Roméo Dallaire is a Canadian general, bestselling author, public speaker and retired senator.
He is famous for his book: “Shake Hands with the Devil”. The book chronicles the fateful months of Dallaire's tour as Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) in 1993-1994, during which he witnessed the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
Maxine J. Rolland  1/24/2017
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Roméo Antoniazzi was an Italian violin maker from Cremona.
― Anonymous User  1/15/2017
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My brother's name is Romeo and the way it's pronounced (in my family) is : Rome-A-o.
miadeanna  11/17/2016
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It's kind of a nice name and I was very proud of it until I began feeling the negative effects that comes with it.
"Hey Romeo, where's Juliet?"
It's been normal to me now since my high school mates and university folks continued making it sort of a greeting. Until I found the annoying part of it that Romeos are always, if not mostly, womanizers who find it difficult to stay with one lady. It's kind of amusing but I bet you it's true. It's affecting me very well and I am beginning to regret having pride initially in the name. It's ruining my love life and I have the worst relationship history ever with ladies. It hurts how names can affect you. I wish my parents had an idea of what troubles this name would cause me.
Romeo 44  3/26/2016
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Saint Romeo's feast day is on February 25th. It's a popular choice in France especially for boys born on the feast day. I don't think it's a pretentious name at all. In fact, I think the ones who have a problem with it are quite narrow minded. Also it's a common name in Canada, the Canadian senator Romeo Dallaire is also a celebrated humanitarian.
Teddybear  1/26/2016
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Stop ruining all the good names. Who cares if there is a dog named Romeo?
― Anonymous User  8/24/2015
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A name that will turn out to be really ironic if a little boy it's given to grows up to be unattractive, asexual, celibate, and/or called to the priesthood.
― Anonymous User  9/3/2014
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I've named my cat Romeo. I didn't know that this name was so common for animals actually.
But when I call him, I feel like a idiot when I call "Romeo, food. Do you want a fish?" It's really stupid when you hear yourself.
In Holland, the Harry Potter character, Kingsley Shackelbolt, was named Romeo too. Romeo Wolkenveldt. But I preferred Kingsley more.
bella_forks  3/6/2012
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If it wasn't the name of the male protagonist in one of the most famous love stories of all time, I definitely would consider naming my child Romeo. It sounds so soft yet masculine. Damn you Shakespeare!
MasMavi  7/1/2011
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It's a very popular name among cats in Italy.
Lylianne  3/18/2011
2
Romeo is from "Romeo & Juliet". He falls in love with some girl he barely knows, goes into a depression, and then kills himself for sheer entertainment so that he can be with Juliet. Yeah, that's EXACTLY who you want to name your kid after.
― Anonymous User  6/3/2009
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Romeo doesn't sound flattering as a name and is kind of pretentious. Unlike Juliet, Romeo is VERY heavily associated with Shakespeare. I'd avoid using it.
bananarama  4/5/2009
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"Romeo" is also the code word for the letter "R" in the NATO phonetic alphabet.
FMRadio  3/3/2009
1
My dad once knew a guy named Romeo who actually dated a girl named Julian, lol! It's sweet. I think it fits really well on a dark-skinned person, partly because of that cute rapper, Lil' Romeo.
not_another_Jessica  12/3/2008
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Alpha Romeo is a famous Italian sports car manufacturer. I'm including this reference to point out that the correct Italian pronunciation IS roh-MAY-oh and not, ROH-mee-oh. No self-respecting car buff says, ahl-fah ROH-mee-oh!
leananshae  12/10/2007
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Just a thought. If you like the ring of this name (and it's beautiful, no doubt) but you can't bear the Shakespearean reference (or the rapper one for that matter), consider adding an "r" between the "e" and the "o" and changing it just slightly to "Romero". "Romero" is an Hispanic surname but serves quite nicely as a substitute for the overburdened "Romeo". Pronounced "ro-MAY-ro".
leananshae  12/8/2007
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If this name didn't remind me so much of that annoying rapper, I think I would name a kid this in the future.
Chloever33  8/12/2007
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Shakespeare was great for using Romeo, but when he did he defined the name and I think put claim on it. It should be left for the stage. Or animals, in fact, I have a dog named Romeo. But for children, no.
― Anonymous User  5/19/2007
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A rose by any other word would smell as sweet.
― Anonymous User  5/27/2006
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It's a great name, but I'd never dare to call my son Romeo. I know a boy named Romeo, and no one talks to him without alluding to Romeo & Juliet ("Hey, Romeo, where's you're Juliet?" for example). I wouldn't want my child to have to bear this.
― Anonymous User  5/10/2006
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Romeo is a popular Shakespearian character.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2006
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Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorthea named their song Romeo Jon.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2006
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Actually it is pronounced Row-MAY-o. Not rome-e-o.
― Anonymous User  11/30/2005
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I would never name my child this; I have known way too many animals (dogs, horses and cats included) with this name.
Arrows  11/22/2005
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Rapper Master P's son is named Romeo (lil' Romeo).
― Anonymous User  11/10/2005
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David and Victoria Beckham's middle son is named Romeo.
Groovey943  7/28/2005

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