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What does Bow mean?

Bow /bow/ as a boys' name means "blond". Bow is a version of Bowie (Scottish, Gaelic).

Associated with: blond (white)


Bow has 1 alternative form via Bowie: Bowen.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Bobe, Bode, ..

(female) Bori, Bowri, ..

How popular is Bow?

Bow is an unusual first name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#14823 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

The only popular alternative form of Bow (not in Top 2000) is Bowen (#561 from current records). Adoption of this form of Bow is at its peak today (#561). Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Bow and corresponding names. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bowen in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bow and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Bow is alike in pronunciation to Bay, Bayou, Beau, Bo and Boe. Other suggested similar names are Bob, Dow, How and Row. These names tend to be more frequently used than Bow.