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What does Bo mean?

Bo \bo\ as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Bo) is pronounced boh. It is of Scandinavian origin. Short form of Robert and Beauregard; nickname of William. Usually a nickname used for boys and, due to actress Bo Derek, for girls. Football coach Bo Schembechler; sports celebrity Bo Jackson. See also Beau.


Bo has 1 variant: Boe.

Bo has 22 more different forms via Beau, Beauregard, Robert, William: Beal, Beale, Beau, Bert, Bill, Bille, Billy, Bob, Bobbie, Bobby, Liam, Rab, Rip, Rob, Roban, Robb, Robby, Robi, Robin, Robyn, Will and Wim.


Bo is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#1043 out of 1220, Top 85%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#25775 out of 150436, Top 17%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Bo for boys. Bo entered the list in 1980-1989 and reached its top position of #602 in the U.S. in 1990, and is presently at #638. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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

Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Bo and associated names. Beau (#228 last year), Bert, Bill, Billy (#794), Bob, Bobbie, Bobby (#752), Liam (#2), Rob, Robb, Robby, Robert (#61), Robin, Will (#763) and William (#5) are the prominent varying forms of Bo (#638 last year). Usage of these boy names was at its most widespread during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.5584%) and is now much less (usage 0.2973%, down 46.8%), with versions like Billy, Bobby, Robby, Robin and Will becoming somewhat dated. Beau (#228), Bo (#638) and Liam (#2) are three of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns in this compilation. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Beau, Bert, Bill, Billy, Bo, Bob, Bobbie, Bobby, Liam, Rob in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Robb, Robby, Robert, Robin, Will, William in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Beau, Billy, Bobby, Liam, Robert outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Robin, Will, William outside U.S.

Similar Names

Bo is alike in pronunciation to Bay and Bow. Other suggested similar baby names are Jo and Mo. These names tend to be less frequently used than Bo.