Bo

First Name
11k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
1k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Bo

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
interjection Bo
An exclamation used to startle or frighten.

Etymology: Cf. W. bw, an interj. of threatening or frightening; n., terror, fear, dread

Wiktionary

Either borrowed from Scandinavian Bo, Old Norse Búi ("resident"), from búa ("to live", "to dwell"), ("dwellingplace"), with similar meanings in modern Swedish and Danish; or a spelling variant of the male given name Beau.

  1. A male given name in occasional use since the 1970s.
  2. A city in Sierra Leone

Bo was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Bo

He was most prominent from 2006 to present. Bo was given the name Robert Pickering Burnham on August 21st, 1990 in Hamilton, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Bo Derek is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1977. Bo was given the name Mary Cathleen Collins on November 20th, 1956 in Long Beach, California, U.S. Bo is also known as Kathleen Collins.

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Bo Jackson is a football player for the Oakland Raiders. Bo was born on November 30th, 1962 in Bessemer, Alabama, U.S.

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Bo was born on May 25th, 1990 in Brooksville, Florida. Bo is also known as Rotunda, Taylor, Rotundo, Bo; Rotunda, Bo; Mulligan, Tank; Rotunda, Tank; Rotundo, and Tank.

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Bo Diddley was a chicago blues, rhythm, blues, rock, and roll singer, musician, songwriter, record producer, and movie actor. He plays Gretsch. He holds the title Bo Diddley". His career lasted from 1943 to 2007. Bo was given the name Ellas Otha Bates on December 30th, 1928 in McComb, Mississippi, United States. Bo is also known as The Originator. He died on June 2nd, 2008.

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Bo Xilai is an office holder. Bo was born on July 3rd, 1949 in Beijing, China.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Bo

His most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to present. Huang was born on August 26th, 1974 in Qingdao.

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Liang Bo is a pop rock and chinese rock musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2012 to present. Liang was born on March 25th, 1991 in Jiutai District.

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Armando Bó is a screenwriter. His ongoing career started in 2010. Armando was born in Argentina. Armando is also known as Bó Jr. and Armando.

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Qiu was born on January 31st, 1993 in Neijiang.

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Fang was born on January 9th, 1992 in Tongcheng County.

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Consort Bo is royalty. Her ongoing career started in 180.

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How popular is the baby name Bo in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1907 5 0 5
1916 10 0 10
1918 7 0 7
1919 6 0 6
1920 8 0 8
1921 6 0 6
1922 5 0 5
1923 5 0 5
1925 9 0 9
1927 9 0 9
1929 5 5 0
1930 8 0 8
1932 6 0 6
1935 5 0 5
1936 5 0 5
1940 5 0 5
1944 8 0 8
1945 6 0 6
1947 8 0 8
1948 10 0 10
1949 14 0 14
1950 9 0 9
1951 10 0 10
1952 13 0 13
1953 15 0 15
1954 14 0 14
1955 10 0 10
1956 12 0 12
1957 12 0 12
1958 21 0 21
1959 24 0 24
1960 27 0 27
1961 29 0 29
1962 27 0 27
1963 31 0 31
1964 23 0 23
1965 18 0 18
1966 27 0 27
1967 22 0 22
1968 25 0 25
1969 29 0 29
1970 25 0 25
1971 35 0 35
1972 49 0 49
1973 55 5 50
1974 45 0 45
1975 51 0 51
1976 59 0 59
1977 77 0 77
1978 73 0 73
1979 106 5 101
1980 263 31 232
1981 263 26 237
1982 177 17 160
1983 153 15 138
1984 219 18 201
1985 170 17 153
1986 187 13 174
1987 202 16 186
1988 187 15 172
1989 231 16 215
1990 293 16 277
1991 295 13 282
1992 291 15 276
1993 244 15 229
1994 209 16 193
1995 183 10 173
1996 200 9 191
1997 158 5 153
1998 185 9 176
1999 194 9 185
2000 157 5 152
2001 169 9 160
2002 173 14 159
2003 203 20 183
2004 215 11 204
2005 279 20 259
2006 296 29 267
2007 307 21 286
2008 282 21 261
2009 305 16 289
2010 274 18 256
2011 311 18 293
2012 307 19 288
2013 343 26 317
2014 426 14 412
2015 451 17 434
2016 479 27 452
2017 452 21 431
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Bo

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Bo as a first name

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Popularity of Bo as a last name

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Common last names for Bo

  • Kim
  • Lee
  • Wong
  • Nguyen
  • Yee
  • Li

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bo U.S.
  White 33.83% 64.26%
  African American 4.45% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 55.64% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.23% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bo

People with the last name Bo are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Bo

  • How Popular is the name Bo? Bo is the 2,370th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bo was the 19,911th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bo have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 10,856 babies born with the first name Bo in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bo to occupy the country of Tuvalu with an estimated population of 10,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bo? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1907 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Bo first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bo is Sunday, June 11th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Bo born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bo was in 2016 with a total of 452 babies.
  • Random Bo Factoid: According to the 1994 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Bo is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1994.
  • Weird things about the name Bo: Your name in reverse order is Ob. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Bo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bo? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,348 people with the last name Bo.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bo? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Bo as their last name since less than 1 person in 217k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.