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Origin, Meaning, And History of Nemo

A multi-functional masculine name, Nemo is of Latin origin, meaning ‘nobody.’ The Greek word Nemo is also one of its origins, implying ‘everyone,’ ‘nobody,’ or ‘from the valley.’ Nemo is famous as a nickname, surname, and given name. Some people use it as a nickname for the moniker ‘Geronimo.’

Historically, this name may find a place in Homer’s ancient Greek poem Odyssey. In this poem, Odysseus blinds Cyclops, the one-eyed giant, and then hides his identity by lying to him about his name. Instead of revealing his real name to Cyclops, Odysseus uses the pseudonym ‘Nemo’ (meaning nobody).

Nemo first appeared in the novel Bleak House by Charles Dickens in 1852. Captain James Hawdon is a minor character in the story whose nickname is Nemo. He is a former officer in the British Army who writes proper legal documents.

Nemo gained further popularity in 1870 when the novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Mysterious Island by Jules Verne was released. She created a mysterious fictional character named Captain Nemo, who is exceptionally compassionate about his crew members on the ship. In addition, he had an impeccable reputation for designing and manufacturing a vessel suitable for different voyages.

In recent years, the American film Finding Nemo in 2003 and Finding Dory in 2016 have a character named Nemo, a clownfish. The audience equally appreciated both films, and children wanted their nicknames to be Nemo. The director, Andrew Stanton, took inspiration from his dental visits, seeing a fish tank with cute fishes who seemed like they were dreaming of an escape from captivity.

The American science fiction film Mr. Nobody in 2009 had the title character who bore the name Nemo Nobody. Jared Leto, an American actor, played the titular character, a 118-year-old who shares his story and calculates alternative paths to various life decisions.


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From the dale or valley.
Cambodian, Greek
 n..  na..  na..  Na..  Naa..  Nae.. 

How To Pronounce Nemo?


Famous People With The Name Nemo

  • Willard Roland “Nemo” GainesAmerican baseball player and military officer, served as US naval attaché in World War II stationed in Peru
  • Harry Loran “Nemo” LeiboldAmerican baseball player, won the 1917 World Champion Chicago White Sox
  • Qiyu Zhou, also known as Nemo ZhouChinese-born Canadian chess player, an under-14 girls’ World Youth Champion
  • Gina NemoAmerican actress, won an award for her role in the TV series 21 Jump Street
  • Henry NemoAmerican musician known for the hit composition I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
  • Antti Niemi (nickname Nemo)Finnish ice hockey goaltender, won the Stanley Cup in the 2009-10 season

Nemo On The Popularity Chart

The graphs by the Social Security Administration highlight the changes in the popularity and ranking of the name Nemo. Check them below for more information.

Popularity Over Time

The name has not gained much popularity yet, and the graph shows a consistent rise and fall. For instance, in 2015, 5 babies per million, and in 2021, 8 babies per million were named Nemo. Check the graph for more insight.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Over the years, Nemo’s ranking has seen some fluctuations. However, recently, the ranking has improved slightly. In the year 2021, it was positioned at 26906. Check the graph for more insight.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Nemo

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Names With Similar Meaning As Nemo

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Name Numerology For Nemo

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