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Neo is both a Latin word name for boys and a South African unisex name. Despite its heavy presence in pop culture, it has never been too popular in the United States, but we think it has what it takes to become a trendy given name or middle name in the 21st century. It's short, sweet, and to the point, and it pairs well with almost any middle name you can think of.

Meaning of the name Neo:

Latin: New
Tswana: Gift

Origin of the name Neo:

Neo is a Latin word name of sorts. It means “new.” However, in the South American language of Twsana, it also means “gift.”

Symbolism of the name Neo:

Both of Neo's meanings can offer great symbolism to new parents, separately or together. Of course, most new parents see their babies as a gift, as well as a new chapter of their lives. The name is also largely associated with “The Matrix” series of movies, so some new parents may find symbolism there.

Style of the name Neo:

New age, international

Gender of the name Neo:

Neo is a unisex baby name in South Africa, but it's largely a boy's name in the United States and Europe.

Pronunciation of the name Neo:


Number of syllables in the name Neo:


Emotion evoked from the name Neo:

The baby name Neo evokes images of someone who is happy and carefree, as well as someone who is an optimist.

Alternative spellings for the name Neo:

  • Neyo
  • Neoh

Nicknames for the name Neo:


Popularity of the name Neo:

According to the Social Security Administration, Neo has never been a top 1,000 baby name for boys or girls in the United States.

Related names for the name Neo:

Great middle names for Neo and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Neo:

  • Neo Rauch (German artist)

Neo in popular culture:

  • Neo (character in “The Matrix” movies)
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