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What does Jo mean?

Jo Pronunciation of Jo [jo] as a girls' name (also used as boys' 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-.

Associated with: literary, little.


Jo has 29 variants: 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.

Affiliated girl name: Joelle.

12 more different relations via Ja-, Je-, Joanna, Joanne, Jody, Josephine: Joana, Joann, Jodee, Jodey, Jodi, Jodie, Joey, Josee, Josey, Josie, Josy and Jozsa.

Creative forms:
(female) Ji, Sio, ..

(male) Jer, Ji, ..

Middle name pairings:
Jo Lois (J.L.), ..

How popular is Jo?

Jo is a very prominent first name for women (#250 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#11476 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Jo reached its peak rank of #60 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, but is not listed currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jo name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jo outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular varying forms of Jo are Josephine (#131 from recent data), Josie (#251), Joanna (#306), Jolene (#735), Joelle (#1077), Jolyn, Jolynn, Jonelle, Josey, Joey, Jonell, Joetta, Joanne, Joann, Joana, Jodee, Jodi, Jody, Jodie and Joette. Other variants, like Jodey, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Jo was at its apex in the 1930s (average #1302) and is now much diminished (#1642, 72.1%), with versions such as Jodie becoming somewhat dated. Josie is the most fashionable name for newborns here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jo, Joana, Joann, Joanna, Joanne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jodee, Jodi, Jodie, Jody, Joelle in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Joetta, Joette, Joey, Jolene, Jolyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jolynn, Jonell, Jonelle, Josephine, Josey, Josie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Joanna, Jodie, Josephine outside U.S.

Similar Names

Jo is pronounced similarly to Hy. Other suggested similar names are Bo, Io, Joi, Joy, Mo and To. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jo.

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