Meaning and Name Origin
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-.
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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Joelle.
Jo▼ has 30 more different forms via Ja-, Je-, Joanna, Joanne, Jody, Josephine: Fifi, Fina, Jacodi, Jalea, Jalyn▼, Janora, Jarae, Jaral, Javona, Jerae, Jeree, Jerona, Joana▼, Joanie, Joann▼, Joanne▼, Jodee, Jodey, Jodi▼, Jodie▼, Joeann, Joey, Joline, Josana, Josee, Josefa▼, Josey, Josie▲, Josy and Jozsa.
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 (#13489 out of 88799, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Jo for girls. Jo reached its peak rank of #62 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the girl name Jo and associated names. Popular varying forms of Jo listed in the Top 1000 are Josephine (#147 last year), Josie (#254), Joanna (#327), Jolene (#720), Joetta, Joey, Joline, Josefa, Joelle, Jodie, Joanie, Joana, Joann, Joanne, Jalyn, Jodi and Jody. Adoption of these girl names was at its apex during 1960-1969 and is now much less, with versions such as Jodie, Jody, Joelle, Josefa and Jalyn becoming somewhat dated. Josie (#254), Josephine (#147) and Joanna (#327) are three of the more fashionable names for newborns here, with Joanna, Josephine and Josie having a rekindling in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)