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What does Bow mean?

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

Associated with: blond (white).


1 alternative form via Bowie: Bowen.

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

(female) Bone, Bori, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bow Dawson (B.D.), ..

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)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. The only popular alternative form of Bow (not in Top 2000) is Bowen (#516 from current records). Adoption of this form of Bow is at its peak today (#516). (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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.

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