What does Beau mean?
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.
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)
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)
The only other popular varying form of Beau (#228 in 2014) rated in the Top 1000 is Bo (#638 in 2014). These boy names are at the peak of their popularity today (usage of 0.567%). Beau (#228) and Bo (#638) are two of the more contemporarily stylish birth names in this compilation. Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Beau and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)