US Popularity:940
Other Origin(s):Scandinavian, Chinese, French, German
Meaning:To live, dwell; Wave; Thin; Handsome; Strong as a bow
Bo is a gender-neutral baby name with roots all around the world. Meaning “to live” or “dwell” when viewed through its Norse and Scandinavian roots, Bo is a popular given name and nickname dating as far back as the 14th century. It is also a common Chinese surname, with various possible meanings—such as "wave" or "thin"—depending on the characters used to write it. Additionally, it might also have roots in French, from Beau, and in German, from Bogart, giving it alternative definitions of "handsome" or "strong as a bow," respectively. As you can see, there is a lot to love about this short and sweet moniker!

Bo Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Bo is currently #1020 on The Bump
Boy:Bo is currently #557 on The Bump Boy Names
Girl:Bo is currently #752 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Bo is currently #940 in U.S. births
Boy:Bo is currently #478 in U.S. births
Girl:Bo is currently #5560 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 875
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
  • 100,000+ Baby Names by Bruce Lansky, pg. 353

  • Behind the Name, Bo (1), June 2019

  • Behind the Name, Bo (2), January 2019

  • Name Doctor, Bo

  • Ancestry, Bo

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