Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Today's name: Arsenio (male)

Potential nicknames: Ars, Arsen, Sen, Senio, Nio

Pronunciation: ar-SEN-ee-oh, ar-SEE-nee-oh

Variant forms: Arcenio, Arcinio, Arsanio, Arseenio, Arseinio, Arsemio, Arsen, Arsene, Arseni, Arsenios, Arsenius, Arseno, Arsenyo, Arsinio, Arsino, Arseny, Arseniusz, Eresenio, and Senio.

Origin: Spanish and Greek, meaning "masculine," or "virile."

Fun fact: (1) The 4th century Saint Arsenius the Great tutored the sons of Roman emperor Theodosius. He is called one of the "Desert Fathers of Christianity" famous for saying "I have often been sorry for having spoken, but never for having held my tongue." His feast day is May 8th. (2) Actor Arsenio Hall.

Popularity: This name last charted in 1990 at the #742 spot. In 2010 there were only 15 baby boys named Arsenio, 23 named Arsen, and 7 Arseniy. In 2011 there were 17.

Female version: Arsenia


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