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What does Beau mean?

Beau Pronunciation of 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).

Variations

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

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

(female) Bean, Beauba, ..

Middle name pairings:
Beau Elliot (B.E.), ..

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)

Beau was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its apex position of #203 in the U.S. in 2015. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Beau (#203 in 2015) rated in the Top 2000 are Beauregard and Bo (#616 in 2015). These relations of Beau were favored by parents today (median #939). 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.

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