Of Latin origin.
Derives from the medieval religious name Romaeus, meaning “pilgrim to Rome”.
It became known after used by William Shakespeare in his play “Romeo and Juliet”.
Romeo Montague is the male protagonist character, who loves Juliet and secretly marries her.
“Romeo and Juliet” is one of Shakespeare’s most frequently performed plays. It is also an opera in five acts, composed by French composer Charles Gounod in 1867.
Baz Luhramann directed an adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” in 1996, casting Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in the leading roles.
The film ranked #1 at the U.S.A. box office.
Famous bearers are Romeo Santos, Romeo Challenger, Roméo Sarfati, Romeo Miller, Roméo Antonius Dallaire.