What does Jo mean?
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.
Affiliated girl name: Joelle.more]
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)
Charted below is the baby name history 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. (Top Birth Names, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the history of the girl name Jo and associated names. Popular varying forms of Jo are Josephine (#147 from recent data), Josie (#254), Joanna (#327), Jolene (#720), Joetta, Joey, Joelle, Jodie, Joann, Joana, Joanne, Jodi and Jody. Other variants, like Josey, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Jo was at its apex during 1960-1969 (average #481) and is somewhat less today (#817, ▼64.8%), with versions such as Jodi, Jo, Jody, Joanne and Joana becoming somewhat dated. Josie, Josephine and Joanna are three of the more fashionable names for newborns here, and there is a rekindling in birth name popularity for Joanna, Josephine and Josie.
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