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Jo 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, Jo-Marie, Jonell, Jonelle, Jonessa, Jonetia, Joniece, Jonique, Jonisa, Joquise, Jorene, Josanna, Josanne, Jovelle and Jozette.
For more information, see also the related name Joelle.
Baby names that sound like Jo are Io, Joi and Joy.
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Popularity of Jo
Jo is a very popular first name for women (#250 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#13489 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of the name Jo for girls. (2010 statistics) Compare Jo with its variant forms and related girl baby names.