Meaning and name origin
Beau \beau\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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.
Beau is a somewhat popular first name for males (#712 out of 1220, Top 58%) and also a somewhat popular surname or last name for all people (#88026 out of 88799, Top 99%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Beau for boys. Beau reached its highest rank of #228 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Beau and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Beau (#228) and Bo (#638). (2014 statistics).