In Italian language, Dio means God (In Spanish God is Dios and in French God is Dieu).
Ronnie supposedly started to use name "Ronnie Dio" in early '60s when he was in a band called "Ronnie Dio & The Prophets". However, he says that he didn't choose the name "Dio" because of its meaning in Italian. In one European music magazine it is stated that he got the idea from some Floridan mafia guy called Johnny Dio. Interestingly, in the movie "Scarface" there appears very shortly someone called Johnny Dio, too.
The word "dio" has also a meaning in Hungarian language, where it means "walnut." In Croatian "dio" means "part."
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