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What does Bo mean?

Bo Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: scandinavian.


Bo has 1 variant: Boe.

12 more different relations via Beau, Beauregard, Robert, William: Beal, Beau, Bert, Bill, Bob, Bobby, Rab, Rip, Rob, Robb, Robi and Wim.

Creative forms:
(male) Ber, Blo, ..


Middle name pairings:
Bo Jet (B.J.), ..

How popular is Bo?

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. Demographics)

Bo entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its top position of #602 in the U.S. in 1990, and is presently at #616. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. Beau (#203 last year), Beauregard, Bert, Bill, Bob, Bobby (#738), Rob, Robb, Robert (#63) and William (#5) are the prominent varying forms of Bo (#616 last year). Other variants, like Robi, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Bo was at its most widespread 9 decades ago (adoption of 10.8%) and is now much less (adoption 1.3%, 88%), with versions like Bobby becoming less trendy. Beau and Bo are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bo, Beau, Beauregard, Bert, Bill in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bob, Bobby, Rob, Robb, Robert, William in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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