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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lo

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
interjection Lo
Look; see; behold; observe.

Etymology: OE. lo low; perh. akin to E. look, v


From Middle English lo, loo, from Old English (“exclamation of surprise, grief, or joy”). Conflated in Middle English with lo! (“interjection”), a corruption of lok!, loke! (“look!”) (as in lo we! (look we!)). Cognate with Scots lo, lu (“lo”). See also look.

Variant of low.

lo was also found in the following language(s): Asturian, Basque, Catalan, Chickasaw, Cornish, Esperanto, Galician, Ido, Interlingua, Italian, Lojban, Luxembourgish, Mandarin, Neapolitan, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Novial, Occitan, Old French, Old Provençal, Portuguese, Romansch, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Vietnamese, Welsh, Xhosa, and Zulu

Notable Persons Named Lo

Lo Bosworth is a television personality, author, and entrepreneur. She has had major accomplishments since 2004. Lo was given the name Lauren Ogilvie Bosworth on September 29th, 1986 in Laguna Beach, California. Lo is also known as Bosworth and Lo.


Lo Lieh is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1965 to 2001.


Lo Mang is an actor, comedian, and martial arts. Lo was born on July 23rd, 1956 in Hong Kong. Lo is also known as Johnson Law, Turbo Law, Ramone Law, Ramon Lo, and Law Mong.


Lo was born in 1933.


Lo Wei is a film director, screenwriter, and actor. He was most active from 1929 to 1993.


Lo Ta-yu is a rock music and mandopop singing and songwriter. He plays Guitar and Piano. He has been prominent since 1974. Lo was born on July 20th, 1954 in Taipei. Lo is also known as Luo Dayou and Law Tai-yau.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Lo

Tove Lo is a synthpop and indie pop musician. She plays Vocals, drums, piano, and Drum kit. She holds the title Timebomb". Her ongoing career started in 2006. Tove was given the name Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson on October 29th, 1987 in Stockholm.


Shawty Lo is a hip hop music and southern hip hop rapping. He plays Vocals. He was most prominent from 2003 to present. Shawty was given the name Carlos Walker on March 31st, 1976 in Moultrie, Georgia, United States.


Gallen Lo is an actor, singer, and singing. He was most prominent from 1983 to present.


Ken Lo is an actor. He was most prominent from 1985 to 1985. Ken is also known as Kenneth Low, Low Houi Kang, and "Kwong Chai".


Justin Lo is a cantopop actor. He plays vocals, piano, guitar, drums, and beatboxing. He has been prominent since 2005. Justin is also known as Teen and Jak Teen.


Andrew was born in 1960 in Hong Kong.


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Popularity of Lo as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lo U.S.
  White 2.89% 64.26%
  African American 2.17% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 90.80% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.06% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.74% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.33% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lo

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

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Fun Facts about the name Lo

  • How Popular is the name Lo? Lo is the 44,620th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lo was the 2,036th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lo have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 59 babies born with the first name Lo in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lo? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1920 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Lo first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lo is Monday, December 16th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Lo born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lo was in 1987 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Random Lo Factoid: According to the 1987 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lo is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 1987.
  • Weird things about the name Lo: Your name in reverse order is Ol. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ol. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lo? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 17,687 people with the last name Lo.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lo? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Lo as their last name.

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  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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