Meaning and Name Origin
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.
Beau is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#712 out of 1220, Top 58%) and also a somewhat prominent last name for all people (#88026 out of 88799, Top 99%). (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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Beau and affiliated names. The only other popular varying form of Beau (#228 in 2014) is Bo (#638 in 2014). These boy names are at the peak of their popularity today. Beau (#228) and Bo (#638) are two of the more contemporarily stylish birth names in this compilation. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)