Bo (given name)

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Bo is a mainly Swedish/Danish masculine given name, derived from an Old Norse nickname, bua, meaning "to live".[1] A variant of Bo is the Swedish Bosse. Bo is uncommon as a surname. Bo is also short for several names, including Robert[citation needed], Beaufort, Beauregard, Bonita or Bonnie.

Notable People[edit]

Given name[edit]


  • Bo Belinsky (1936–2001), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Bo Bice (born 1975), American singer who placed second on the fourth season of American Idol
  • Gudmundur S. (Bo) Bodvarsson (1952–2006), Icelandic hydrogeologist
  • Bo Bolinger (1932–2011), American football player
  • Jérôme Napoléon Bonaparte (1805–1870), American farmer, son of Napoleon Bonaparte's brother Jérôme and Elizabeth Patterson
  • Bo Burnham (born 1990), American singer songwriter/comedian
  • Bo Burris (born 1944), American retired National Football League player
  • Bo Cornell (born 1949), American retired National Football League player
  • Bo Diddley (1928–2008), American R&B and Chicago blues musician
  • Bo Hopkins (born 1942), American actor
  • Bo Horvat (born 1995), Canadian hockey player
  • Bo Jackson (born 1962), American former National Football League and Major League Baseball player
  • Bo Lamar (born 1951), American former basketball player
  • Bo Outlaw (born 1971), American former National Basketball Association player
  • Bo Pelini (born 1967), American college football head coach
  • Bo Robinson (born 1956), American retired National Football League player
  • Bo Ryan (born 1947), American college basketball coach and former player
  • Bo Schembechler (1929–2006), American football player, college head coach and administrator



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

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