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What does Beau mean?

Beau /beau/ as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Beau) is pronounced boh. It is of French origin, and the meaning of Beau is "handsome; admirer; sweetheart".

Short form of Beauregard, and of modern coinage. Use as a given name is probably due to the hero of PC Wren's novel "Beau Geste" (1924) or to the character of Beau Wilks in Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" (1936). Nowadays, the name is likely to be heard as the less formal Bo. English dandy Beau Brummell; actor Beau Bridges; sports celebrity Bo Jackson.

Associated with: handsome, modern, hero, novel (literary)


Beau has 6 variants: Beal, Beale, Beaudan, Beaudine, Bo and Boe.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Abeau, Beer, ..

(female) Bean, Beaubi, ..

How popular is Beau?

Beau is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#712 out of 1220, Top 58%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#60887 out of 150436, Top 40%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Beau for boys. Beau was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its apex position of #228 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Popular varying forms of Beau (#228 in 2014) rated in the Top 2000 are Beauregard and Bo (#638 in 2014). These relations of Beau were favored by parents today (median #955). Beau and Bo are two of the more contemporarily stylish birth names in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Beau, Beauregard, Bo in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Beau is alike in pronunciation to Bay, Bayou and Bow. Other recommended names are Balu, Ban, Bar, Bat, Bax, Baz, Beach, Beall, Beals, Beamus, Bear, Beaty, Beck, Beda, Bede, Bell, Bemus, Ben, Benn, Bent, Berg, Berk, Berl, Bern, Bert, Bev, Bevan, Boas, Boaz, Brad, Brae, Bram, Bran, Bray, Esau and Tau. These names tend to be less commonly used than Beau.