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Quick Facts on Bo

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Nordic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 735
Simple meaning:
To live

Characteristics of Bo

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Bo

Bo is most often associated with Scandinavian origins, from the Old Norse nickname Búi meaning “to live”. It was an epithet given to one who stayed put, or “lived” in one place, as opposed to the nomadic hunters of ancient times. Aside from Bo’s Nordic beginnings, there are multiple other etymologies to which Bo may be ascribed. Parents have the option to pick whichever one fits their fancy. For instance, Bo may be related to any number of other names (both masculine and feminine) as a diminutive. Such names for which Bo is often used as a nickname include Robert (Bobby), Beauregard, Beaufort, Boniface, Boden, Bode, Boris, Bonita or Bonnie. Bo is also pronounced the same way as the French Beau (meaning “beautiful”) or the Chinese character 波 (meaning “wave”). As a two-letter, one-syllable name, Bo is also one of the shortest given names used in the English-speaking world (the only other ones we can think of are Al, Jo and Ty). You get a lot of bang for your buck with a name like Bo. Another interesting factoid about Bo: it’s primarily used as a girl’s name in Europe (most specifically in the Netherlands and Belgium). But in America, Bo is all boy.

Popularity of the Name Bo

There’s no two ways about it. This teeny-tiny name packs a lot of punch in its small, unassuming frame. Bo is a name that comes at you from many different directions depending on what source of the name you prefer. But we will say this: it sounds pretty nicknamey. As an independently given name Bo is a choice for parents who like simple, informal and laid-back names (as opposed to fancy-pants names like Beauregard or Boniface). Bo first appeared on the American masculine naming charts in 1977 and climbed to low levels of moderation throughout the 1980s and early 90s. The name saw its biggest push ever up the charts in the year 1980 (almost 300 positions) thanks to a popular action-packed TV show called “The Dukes of Hazzard” (1979-1985). The show featured a central character named Beauregard "Bo" Duke played by 1980s heartthrob John Schneider. Of the two “Duke” brothers in the show, blonde-haired Bo is the wilder one who is often behind the wheel of the General Lee giving way to car chases with the bumbling back-country sheriffs. Further popularizing the name Bo in the 1980s and early 90s was talented athlete Bo Jackson (born Vincent Edward Jackson) who was prominently featured in a famous Nike ad campaign “Bo Knows”. Bo Jackson is the only person to have professionally played on an NFL football team and MLB baseball team in the same season. And of course let us not forget the pioneering musician Bo Diddley (born Ellas Otha Bates) or the corn-row wearing actress Bo Derek (born Mary Cathleen Collins). Today Bo has retreated back down to the very low end of the Top 1000 list and is now dangerously close to falling off the charts completely. And although the name has yet to appear on the female naming charts, a lot of people consider Bo gender-neutral (Little Bo Peep, anyone?). It’s also a popular moniker for our loveable canine friends and is, in fact, the name of America’s “First Dog”, Bo Obama. Who knew there was so much to be said about this inconspicuous two-letter wee-bit of a name?
Popularity of the Boy Name Bo
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Bo

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Bo

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Bo

    Boniface “Bo” Hartlieb (The Thief Lord) Bo Hartlieb is one of the two orphaned brothers in the 2000 novel by Cornelia Funke, The Thief Lord, which was also made into a German-British 2006 fantasy movie. When the boys are put under the care of a mean aunt and uncle, the aunt intends to keep Bo, who is a charming five-year-old, but to send Prosper, who is twelve, off to boarding school. So the two children escape to Venice and fall under the spell of the masked leader of a gang of youngsters, the “Thief Lord”, Scipio, who instructs them in the art of stealing to support themselves. It is not long before Detective Getz, who has been hired by the aunt and uncle, is on their trail, due in large part to his crafty initiation of a conversation with the innocent little Bo. Adventures and misadventures, fantasies, magic, time travel and plot twists galore follow, as the boys find themselves caught up in the intrigue and mystery of their new life. Angel-faced, adorable Bo proves himself to be more than equal to the task of keeping up with the older children, and he and his brother are amply rewarded with a new and loving guardian of their own at story’s end.

  • Popular Songs on Bo

    Popular Songs on Bo

    Bo Bo's Party - a song by Melanie

    Bo Diddley - a song by Bo Diddley and covered by several others artists such as Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, The Animals, Emerson Lake & Palmer and others

    Bo Diddley's Gunslinger - a song by Bo Diddley

    Bo! Bo! Bo! - a song by Boogie Down Productions

    Hey Bo Diddley - a song by Bo Diddley

    The story of Bo Diddley - a song by Bo Diddley

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Bo

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Bo

    Bo & Mzzz Mad (Sid Fleischman) - Enemies at first sight. Orphaned Bo Gamage has nowhere to go. So he ends up in the old Queen of Sheba Hotel in a ghost town in the middle of the desert. It's dry and bare and -- worst of all -- the only other kid there is his awful cousin Madeleine, who calls herself Mzzz Mad. Soon, they're caught up in a battle for a missing map, the mystery of the tattooed head, and the search for the old Pegleg Smith gold mine. Then Bo and Mzzz Mad find themselves in deadly danger and handcuffed -- together! Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Bo Obama: First Dog of the United States of America (Koji Kondo) - In this adorable children's book, Bo Obama greets his fans and talks about life in the White House. He uses colorful, crayon-written text to describe his life, his family, his likes and his dislikes. He invites the reader to draw him at the end, and also to color in outlines of Portuguese Water Dogs. A delightful, interactive read for kids ages 3 and up.

    Bo, The Famous Retriever (Lynn Simmons) - Part of the “Bo Series”. Caring for a rambunctious Labrador puppy helps an elderly lady meet her young neighbors and make friends in her community. Other titles in the series are: Bo and the Missing Dogs and Bo and the Roaring Pines. Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Grandpa and Bo (Kevin Henkes) - Bo was spending the summer with Grandpa. They walked and fished and made things together. They celebrated Christmas together -- a very special summer Christmas. But best of all, they talked and laughed and talked some more. And when they finally saw the shooting star at the end of the summer, there was no question their wishes would be the same. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Little Bo in Italy (Julie Andrews Edwards & Emma Walton Hamilton) - The Continued Adventures of Bonnie Boadicea. Little Bo's sailor friend, Billy, has signed on aboard Lord and Lady Goodlad's handsome yacht, Legend. Bo is delighted, for now she and Billy can see more of the world, and she can continue her quest to find news of her long-lost brothers and sisters. Bo is determined to make sure they have all found safe and happy homes—even if it takes a lifetime of travels. In beautiful Italy, Little Bo sees wondrous sights, has adventures that test her strength and courage, and makes some surprising new discoveries. Throughout it all, she shows her valiant spirit and once again proves that even a tiny cat can make a big difference. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Little Bo in London (Julie Andrews Edwards & Emma Walton Hamilton) - For Little Bo, the tiny cat with an extraordinary spirit, and her friend Billy, life just keeps getting better and better. They have traveled from England to France, sailed with the crew of the motor yacht Legend to Italy, and now are enjoying a leisurely cruise through the Mediterranean. But a scuffle with pirates cuts their journey short and calls for the heroic efforts of Bo and Billy. Then a change of course means a triumphant return to England—and Little Bo's most amazing adventure yet! With remarkable courage and the sweetest, deepest friendships, Little Bo's exciting journey brings her home again and offers a thrilling conclusion to her globe-trotting adventures. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Little Bo Peep (Priscilla Lamont) - Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep And doesn't know where to find them...You may think you know the story of Little Bo Peep and how she lost her sheep - but think again! Priscilla Lamont and the sheep relate what really happened that day on the farm...Little Bo Peep thought she would have some fun with her sheep, and tried to teach them the game of Hide and Seek. But the sheep just couldn't understand the rules and followed Bo Peep around - until finally they got the hang of the game, and then they all hid so well that no one could find them at all! The sheep were very pleased with themselves, and had a lovely day, but they were sorry that poor Bo Peep got the blame. This is a funny and delightful rhyming story based on the well-known nursery rhyme - the first title in the Nursery Rhyme Crimes series. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Little Bo Peep Can't Get to Sleep (Erin Dealey) - “Little Bo Peep can't get to sleep. She kicked her blankets to a heap.” When Little Bo Peep can't get to sleep, her mother suggest counting sheep. But Peep can't count her sheep because she's lost them. Her brother, Little Boy Blue, who scared off the sheep in the first place, warns Peep she'll be in big trouble if she tells Mom and Dad. It's no wonder Peep can't catch a wink, even when Humpty Dumpty finds her flock. That tummy ache just won't go away until she tells her parents the truth about her missing sheep. From the same winning team who created Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox, Little Bo Peep Can't Get to Sleep will strike a chord with every child who's ever had trouble fessing up! Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Ted, Bo and Diz: The First Adventure (Jason Chapman) - Ted, Bo, and Diz are enjoying a sunny day at sea when an iceberg floats by with a family of polar bears on board. The bears, who are far from home, and the three friends spend the afternoon together, telling stories and playing on the ice. Ted, Bo, and Diz are about to say goodbye to their new friends when the iceberg cracks. Now, they must save their new friends. Illustrated with bold, primary colors, Ted, Bo, and Diz is a funny, quietly inspiring story about the meeting of two different worlds, with a gentle environmental message. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    The First Pup: The Real Story of How Bo Got to the White House (Bob Staake) - Once upon a time, a man named Barack Obama ran for president of the United States and he won! On the night of his victory, he made a very important announcement: When he and his family were settled in their new home in Washington, D.C., his daughters would get…A PUPPY! On a farm in Texas, a puppy had been born. One of ten brothers and sisters, this puppy was lively and smart, but he needed a new home. From a Texas farm to the White House, this is the real story of Bo—the First Pup! Recommended for ages 5-8.

  • Famous People Named Bo

    Famous People Named Bo

    Famous People Named Bo - Bo Diddley (musician); Bo Jackson (baseball/football player); Bo Bice (singer from American Idol); Bo Derek (actress); Bo Hagan (football coach); Bo Belinsky (baseball player); Bo Outlaw (basketball player); Bo Pelini (football coach); Bo Ryan (basketball coach); Bo Schembechler (football coach); Bo Obama (First Dog of the U.S.)

  • Children of Famous People Named Bo

    Children of Famous People Named Bo

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Bo - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Bo.

  • Historic Figures

    Bo - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Bo Diddley (30 Dec 1928 - 2 Jun 2008) - Bo Diddley (born Ellas Otha Bates) was one of the giants of twentieth century American rhythm and blues, being not only a songwriter and guitarist, but also an extraordinarily unique vocalist. Born in Mississippi and moving to Chicago at a young age, Bo Diddley’s early influences were the lively beats he heard in the Pentecostal churches of his youth. Inspired also by John Lee Hooker, Bo spent a good deal of time playing on street corners and pick-up bands before landing a spot on Chicago’s South Side. Along the way he adopted the stage name of Bo Diddley, for which we are all grateful. Making an appearance on the legendary Ed Sullivan show in 1955, Bo went on to ever increasing exposure and fame, recording, performing and touring both at home and abroad (and having as a supporting act in Britain in 1963 none other than The Rolling Stones). Over the years he appeared and recorded with a variety of stars, including Marvin Gaye, The Grateful Dead, Cheryl Crowe, Les Paul, Little Richard, The Everly Brothers and B.B. King. While he continued his musical career for almost his entire life, he also had the distinction of serving as a Deputy Sheriff in New Mexico in the 1970s! He died of heart failure at his home in Florida, and the accolades from around the world were overwhelming. The recipient of countless awards during his life and after, he was summed up by Mick Jagger, who said, "We will never see his like again”. We know, not the most original of quotes, but how many people have Mick Jagger commenting on their lives? We’ll venture to be just as banal by saying, sincerely, that he was one of a kind.

Personality of the Boy Name Bo

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Bo

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