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)
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)