Bo (given name)

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Bo is a Swedish/Danish masculine given name, derived from an Old Norse nickname, bua, meaning "to live". A variant of Bo is the Swedish Bosse. Bo is uncommon as a surname. Bo is also short for several names, including Robert, Beaufort, Beauregard, Bonita or Bonnie.

People with the name Bo include:[1]

  • Lina Bo Bardi, Italian-Brazilian architect
  • Bo Bergman (1869–1967), Swedish poet
  • Bo Belinsky, former MLB pitcher
  • Bo Bice, American singer who took second place on the fourth season of American Idol
  • Gudmundur S. (Bo) Bodvarsson, Icelandic scientist who was the director of the Earth Sciences Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 2001 to 2006
  • Bo Bolinger, American football player
  • Bo Burnham, singer songwriter/comedian
  • Bo Burris, American football player
  • Bo Derek, American model-turned-actress from the 1970s and 1980s; best known for her performance in the film Ten
  • Bo Diddley, American singer/guitarist
  • Bo Duke, fictional character in American television series The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Bo Ericson (1919–1970), Swedish hammer thrower
  • Bo Haentjens, Belgian artistic gymnast
  • Bo Hamburger, Danish cyclist
  • Bo Hansson, Swedish musician
  • Bo Holmberg (1942–2010), Swedish politician
  • Bo Hopkins, American actor
  • Bo Horvat, Canadian junior hockey player, playing for the London Knights
  • Bo Jackson, American former NFL and MLB All-Star, and the subject of the "Bo Knows" advertising campaign
  • Bo Ljungberg, Swedish pole vaulter
  • Bo Outlaw, American basketball player
  • Bo Pelini, American football coach
  • Bo Robinson, American football player
  • Bo Ryan, American basketball coach
  • Bo Schembechler (1929–2006), University of Michigan Wolverines football coach, (1969–1989) ("Bo" was a nickname, not his given name)
  • Bo Svenson, Swedish actor
  • Bo Svensson, Danish football player
  • Bo Widerberg, Swedish film director
  • Tokuhiko Uwabo, video game music composer, often credited as Bo



  1. ^ "View Name: Bo". Retrieved 2007-12-18. 

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