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181k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
4k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Jo

"Jo" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "Nickname for names starting with JO". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jo
A sweetheart; a darling.

Etymology: Etymol. uncertain

Wiktionary
  1. A diminutive of the female given names Josephine, Joan, Joanna, Joanne, or Jolene. Often used in conjoined names such as Jo Ann or Mary Jo.
  2. A rare spelling variant of Joe, diminutive of the male given name Joseph.

Jo was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, German, Luxembourgish, and Norwegian

Notable Persons Named Jo

Raquel Welch is an actress and singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1959 to present. Raquel was given the name Jo Raquel Tejada on September 5th, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Jo Jung-suk is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2004. Jo was born on December 26th, 1980 in Seoul. Jo is also known as Cho Jung-seok, Cho, and Jung-seok.

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Jo In-sung is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Jo was born on July 28th, 1981 in Seoul. Jo is also known as Zo In-sung.

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Jo Cox is a for Batley, Spen, and Member of parliament. Her ongoing career started in 2015. Jo was born on June 22nd, 1974 in Batley, England.

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Jo Nesbø is a crime fiction and musician. Jo was born on March 29th, 1960 in Oslo, Norway.

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Jo Johnson is a Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit, for Orpington, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, Head of theNumber 10 Policy Unit, Member of Parliament, forOrpington, Department for Business, Innovation, Skills, and. Jo was born on December 23rd, 1971 in London.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Jo

Jô is a soccer player for the Jiangsu Suning F.C., Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, PFC CSKA Moscow, Manchester City F.C., Everton F.C., Galatasaray S.K. (football), Sport Club Internacional, Clube Atlético Mineiro, Al Shabab (Dubai), Brazil national under-23 football team, and Brazil. Jô was born on March 20th, 1987 in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Sumi Jo is a lyric coloratura soprano, coloratura soprano, and lyriccoloratura soprano. She has had major accomplishments since 1980. Sumi was born on November 22nd, 1962 in Changwon, South Korea.

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Samantha was given the name Samantha Tjhia on March 29th, 1991 in Barrie.

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Myong-rok was born on July 12th, 1928. He died on November 6th, 2010.

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Tim Jo is an actor. Tim was given the name Timothy William Jo on April 20th, 1984 in Dallas, Texas, USA.

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Erika Jo is a country music singing. She was most active from 2005 to 2005. Erika was given the name Erika Jo Heriges on November 2nd, 1986.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1881 5 5 0
1883 9 9 0
1884 7 7 0
1885 11 11 0
1886 14 14 0
1887 5 5 0
1888 7 7 0
1889 11 11 0
1890 7 7 0
1891 15 15 0
1892 13 13 0
1893 9 9 0
1894 15 15 0
1895 11 11 0
1896 20 20 0
1897 16 16 0
1898 17 17 0
1899 17 17 0
1900 24 24 0
1901 19 19 0
1902 25 25 0
1903 29 29 0
1904 26 26 0
1905 34 34 0
1906 34 34 0
1907 33 33 0
1908 46 46 0
1909 41 41 0
1910 40 40 0
1911 47 41 6
1912 68 68 0
1913 98 89 9
1914 108 103 5
1915 138 128 10
1916 163 152 11
1917 152 145 7
1918 214 199 15
1919 238 227 11
1920 256 231 25
1921 268 259 9
1922 315 302 13
1923 399 385 14
1924 547 534 13
1925 649 635 14
1926 827 815 12
1927 991 974 17
1928 1,189 1,168 21
1929 1,620 1,593 27
1930 1,906 1,871 35
1931 2,119 2,085 34
1932 2,407 2,389 18
1933 2,566 2,541 25 #90 girl name
1934 3,290 3,258 32 #75 girl name
1935 3,329 3,295 34 #73 girl name
1936 3,313 3,291 22 #72 girl name
1937 3,255 3,226 29 #73 girl name
1938 3,200 3,172 28 #78 girl name
1939 3,545 3,524 21 #70 girl name
1940 3,450 3,427 23 #72 girl name
1941 3,788 3,756 32 #66 girl name
1942 4,197 4,175 22 #65 girl name
1943 4,329 4,298 31 #63 girl name
1944 4,246 4,225 21 #61 girl name
1945 4,255 4,223 32 #60 girl name
1946 5,847 5,829 18 #53 girl name
1947 6,756 6,726 30 #51 girl name
1948 6,018 5,984 34 #56 girl name
1949 5,833 5,803 30 #60 girl name
1950 5,708 5,677 31 #64 girl name
1951 6,025 6,001 24 #67 girl name
1952 7,126 7,092 34 #55 girl name
1953 7,540 7,516 24 #54 girl name
1954 8,080 8,055 25 #53 girl name
1955 7,698 7,665 33 #57 girl name
1956 6,985 6,955 30 #69 girl name
1957 5,756 5,720 36 #83 girl name
1958 5,242 5,222 20 #91 girl name
1959 4,083 4,056 27
1960 3,412 3,372 40
1961 2,816 2,794 22
1962 2,477 2,448 29
1963 2,211 2,190 21
1964 2,075 2,052 23
1965 1,863 1,851 12
1966 1,606 1,590 16
1967 1,422 1,409 13
1968 1,333 1,324 9
1969 1,187 1,166 21
1970 1,129 1,102 27
1971 932 911 21
1972 741 722 19
1973 681 665 16
1974 596 586 10
1975 534 521 13
1976 430 417 13
1977 383 365 18
1978 344 323 21
1979 324 306 18
1980 366 349 17
1981 359 340 19
1982 286 267 19
1983 227 207 20
1984 224 210 14
1985 192 171 21
1986 116 109 7
1987 151 133 18
1988 116 111 5
1989 102 89 13
1990 91 85 6
1991 82 73 9
1992 81 70 11
1993 69 60 9
1994 69 64 5
1995 64 58 6
1996 52 44 8
1997 62 57 5
1998 60 52 8
1999 55 45 10
2000 37 23 14
2001 36 28 8
2002 42 30 12
2003 40 29 11
2004 27 18 9
2005 17 17 0
2006 31 24 7
2007 30 18 12
2008 24 17 7
2009 18 18 0
2010 13 6 7
2011 20 14 6
2012 29 18 11
2013 15 15 0
2014 24 18 6
2015 27 27 0
2016 41 34 7
2017 49 40 9

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Popularity of Jo as a first name

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Popularity of Jo as a last name

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Common last names for Jo

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Anderson
  • Thompson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Hall
  • Walker
  • White
  • Wilson
  • Jackson
  • Thomas
  • Clark

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jo U.S.
  White 6.80% 64.26%
  African American 1.70% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 85.23% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.17% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.67% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.43% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jo

People with the last name Jo are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Jo

  • What name lists does Jo rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Jo? Jo is the 404th most popular name of all time. As a last name Jo was the 9,108th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jo have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 180,579 babies born with the first name Jo in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jo to occupy the country of Sao Tome and Principe with an estimated population of 172,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jo? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Jo first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jo is Wednesday, March 5th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Jo born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jo was in 1954 with a total of 8,055 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jo!
  • Random Jo Factoid: According to the 1945 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jo ranks 67th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Colorado. Imagine that, 34 babies in Colorado have the same name as you in 1945.
  • Weird things about the name Jo: Your name in reverse order is Oj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Jo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jo? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,588 people with the last name Jo.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jo? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Jo as their last name.

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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.
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