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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 P.C. 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 has 6 variant forms: Beal, Beale, Beaudan, Beaudine, Bo and Boe.

Beau is also pronounced similarly to Bay. Another suggested similar baby name is Bear.


Beau is a somewhat popular first name for males (#712 out of 1220) and also a somewhat popular surname or last name for all people (#88026 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby names popularity of Beau name for boys (2012 statistics). Compare Beau with its variant forms and related boy baby names.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Beau name in U.S.

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