Meaning and name origin
Jo \jo\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Jo), is pronounced joh. It is of American origin. An independent name and short form of names like Joanna, Joanne, Jody and Josephine. Also sometimes used as a prefix Jo- in blends and compound names. Literary: Jo was the nickname of the second daughter in Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women". See also Ja- and Je-.
Jo▼ has 29 variant forms: Jobelle, Jobeth, Jodean, Jodelle, Joetta, Joette, Jolana, Joleesa, Jolene▼, Jolinda, Jolisa, Jolise, Jolissa, Jolyn, Jolynn, Jomarie, Jonell, Jonelle, Jonessa, Jonetia, Joniece, Jonique, Jonisa, Joquise, Jorene, Josanna, Josanne, Jovelle and Jozette.
For more information, see also the related girl name Joelle.
Jo is a very popular first name for females (#250 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#13489 out of 88799, Top 15%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jo for girls. Jo reached its highest rank of #62 in the U.S. in 1940-1949 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Jo and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Josephine (#147), Joanna (#327), Jolene (#720), Joetta, Jody, Joanne, Jo and Joelle. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).